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The Political Economy of Social Welfare Policy in Africa: Transforming policy through practice is a groundbreaking text that uses a political economy and human rights lens to analyse and critique social welfare policy in selected countries in Africa. Tracing the political transformation of South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries, it provides the reader with critical insight into how social welfare policy evolved during periods of colonial and post-colonial governance regimes and the contemporary period characterised by neoliberal globalisation. The text focuses on the interdependence of economic and social development policies and processes to advance human development and protect the basic human rights of all, especially the poorest and most

marginalised.

The Political Economy of Social Welfare Policy in Africa: Transforming policy through practice is a groundbreaking text that uses a political economy and human rights lens to analyse and critique social welfare policy in selected countries in Africa. Tracing the political transformation of South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries, it provides the reader with critical insight into how social welfare policy evolved during periods of colonial and post-colonial governance regimes and the contemporary period characterised by neoliberal globalisation. The text focuses on the interdependence of economic and social development policies and processes to advance human development and protect the basic human rights of all, especially the poorest and most

marginalised.

Features

  • analyses how policies are formed and how they change over time
  • illustrates how policy works in practice or where there may be policy gaps through the use of case studies from South Africa and other African countries
  • critiques and redefines policy for African contexts
  • analyses critically the historical, political, social and economic trends and impulses that influence policy uses evidence to explain how demographic, social and economic trends of poverty, unemployment and social inequalities make people vulnerable and increase the risks faced by women, children, elder persons, people living with disabilities, refugees, displaced persons, and others
  • demonstrates the evaluation and monitoring of policy implementation using benchmarks that focus on equity and achieving human development
  • elaborates on how a transformative approach can change the colonial and post- colonial legacies embedded in traditional social welfare responses to enhance the development and implementation of socia l welfare polic

Part 1: Thinking Policy: the political economy of social welfare policy
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Part 2: Using Evidence to shape transformative social welfare policy
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Part 3: Making social welfare policy
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Part 4: Working with and Transforming social welfare policy
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The Political Economy of Social Welfare Policy in Africa, is suitable for Social work, Sociology and Political science students enrolled for modules in welfare policy as well as social workers, public service professionals and policymakers.
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