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By Patricia Kennett

The present context of social coverage is one within which a number of the previous certainties of the prior were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made method for a extra built-in, foreign and outward method of research which seems past the bounds of the nation. it really is during this context that this instruction manual brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research with a purpose to supply entire insurance of latest debates and matters in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 subject matters, this extraordinary quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual facets of project comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are fascinated with de-centring the country and increasing the epistemological framework during which cross-national research is explored. In components II and III, the focal point is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the day by day fact of getting ready for and accomplishing cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and matters that are of specific relevance to realizing the modern social international. overseas in scope, this authoritative guide provides unique innovative learn from major experts and may turn into an imperative resource of reference for an individual drawn to comparative social learn. it is going to additionally turn out a priceless examine relief for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from a number of disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city reports and public coverage.

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Moreover, the operation of global markets and other mechanisms allocates political power or economic resources unevenly across countries/territories and among specific social groups (Lundberg and Milanovic, 2000). Poverty 28 A handbook of comparative social policy and income inequality, regardless of where one lives, determines access to food or other basic needs. There is much diversity among women, but it is important not to lose sight of how gender relations in many societies continue to ‘operate to construct life chances differently for women and men’ (Maynard quoted in Crompton, 1999; UN Human Development Report, 1997).

Cox argues that there are different kinds of political organization – the state being a distinctly modern invention – and different forms of world order whose conditions of existence, constitutive principles and norms vary over time. In the contemporary world order, the globalization of production and finance now constitute a distinct sphere of power relations and a new social structure of production relations superseding the nation-centred, labour–capital relations of the previous era of organized capitalism (discussed at greater length below).

For this would involve treating the current, partly globalization-induced crisis of the territorial national state – whether in its post-war Atlantic Fordist form, developmental statist, national security state, or other forms – as signifying the present and future impossibility of any other institutional form(s) for the territorialization of political power. Instead it is likely that attempts will be made to redesign the national territorial state in response to globalization and/or to establish new territorial scales as the primary nodal point around which state power is exercised.

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