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There has never been a more urgent need for governments to secure adequate and stable resources for social development: inequalities are on the rise, a severe global food crisis threatens to eliminate the achievements some countries have made over recent years, and the neoliberal policy toolkit has been largely discredited. 'Financing Social Policy' shifts the policy debates beyond examining expenditures and austerity, to revenues and resources. It examines financing options that would be conducive to social development, creating and strengthening sustainable social programmes that work together with economic policies.The contributors in this volume explore the economic, social and political implications and the developmental impact of a wide range of potential resources – including taxation, aid, mineral rents, social insurance, pension funds and remittances – for financing social policy in development countries.

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Palgrave Macmillan

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Social Policy in a Development Context


293 - 317