Transnational Social Policy highlights the changing face of social policy and social work against the background of accelerating transnationalization of economies, labour markets, education, social services, and care. The contributions of this book provide unique case examples on the interplay of social policies, mobile populations, and travelling knowledge about welfare within an increasingly asymmetrical global context. This innovative volume also includes historical studies on the transformations of social policies during the last century and reflects the developments of social welfare across the Global North and the Global South. With its emphasis on theoretical assumptions of policy translation, the case studies show the importance of adjustments, negotiations, and participation of various actors in the transnational social field of welfare production. Thus, within ever-shifting contexts of new political agendas promoting the free play of the market and a neoliberal agenda of competition and austerity, this insightful book reveals new transnational forms of social exclusion that function within, across, and in-between nation-states.

Presenting a major and much needed addition to current discussions on globalization and the increasing complexity of worldwide social relations, this volume will be of interest to scholars and graduate students interested in fields such as Social Policy, Social Work, Public Administration, Development Studies, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as many interdisciplinary fields including Global Studies, International Development Studies, and Immigration and Settlement Studies.

part I|63 pages

Sharing Knowledge

chapter 2|22 pages

Surveilling and Surveying Slums

The Transnational Translation of the City as a Social Problem

chapter 3|19 pages

‘Good’ Child Labour, ‘Bad’ Child Labour

Translating Global Policy in the Post-Soviet Context

chapter 4|20 pages

Child Protection

Policy Translations

part II|96 pages

Beyond Transfer

chapter 5|19 pages

Translocal Policy as Process

Bricolage and the ‘Messy’ World of Local Policymaking

chapter 7|23 pages

From ‘Benefits Ladies’ to ‘Professionals’

Polish Social Workers in the Context of Neoliberal Reform of Social Policy

part III|82 pages

Lost in Translation

chapter 9|19 pages

Transnationalism and Secondary Schooling Policy in Ontario, Canada

Globalization, Privatization, and Competing Priorities

chapter 10|22 pages

Tactical borderwork

Central American Migrant Women Negotiating the Southern Border of Mexico

chapter 12|19 pages

Transnational Social Responsibility

The Case of the Swedish Retirement Pension, 1913–2013

part IV|24 pages


chapter 13|22 pages

Social Exclusion and Social Welfare

Within, Across, and In-Between Nation-State Boundaries