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Causal Mechanisms in the Global Development of Social Policies

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Uses case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Central Europe

  • Presents the advantages of using causal-mechanisms as a transversal explanatory instrument to understand social policies

  • Develops a modular, process-oriented and actor cantered conception of causal mechanisms

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: Global Dynamics of Social Policy (GDSP)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introductory Section

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: A Mechanism-Based Approach to Social Policy Research

      • Frank Nullmeier, Johanna Kuhlmann
      Pages 3-29Open Access
  3. Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in Asian Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 31-31
    2. The Introduction of Pension, Accident, and Health Insurance in Urban China

      • Tobias ten Brink, Armin Müller, Tao Liu
      Pages 33-66Open Access
    3. Causal Mechanisms in the Introduction of Mandatory Health Insurance in the Post-Soviet Region

      • Andreas Heinrich, Gulnaz Isabekova, Heiko Pleines
      Pages 141-165Open Access
  4. Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in African Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 167-167
  5. Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in European Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 237-237
    2. Anti-communist Backlash in the Croatian Healthcare System

      • Ante Malinar
      Pages 239-270Open Access
    3. Migrants to the Rescue? Care Workforce Migrantisation on the Example of Elder Care in Germany

      • Anna Safuta, Kristin Noack, Karin Gottschall, Heinz Rothgang
      Pages 303-334Open Access
  6. Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in Latin American Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 335-335
  7. Concluding Section

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 431-431

About this book

This open access edited volume introduces the concept of causal mechanisms to explore new ways of explaining the global dynamics of social policy, and shows that a mechanism-based approach provides several advantages over established approaches for studying social policy.

 

The introductory chapter outlines the mechanism-based approach, which stands out by modularisation and a clear focus on actors. The mechanism-based approach then guides the twelve chapters on social policy developments in different Asian, African, European and Latin American countries. Based on these findings, the concluding chapter provides a structured compilation of causal mechanisms and outlines how a mechanism-based approach can further strengthen research on the global development of social policies, especially in a comparative perspective.

 

The edited volume is highly relevant for social policy scholars from a variety of disciplines, as well as for scholars interested in strengthening explanation in the social sciences.


Reviews

“Critical in policy analysis is not only the question whether it works. One needs to know *how* it works. This is a question about causal mechanisms. In this exemplary volume the authors provide some generic mechanisms that can apply in variety of settings along with detailed case studies of mechanisms in individual countries. It is essential reading for all those interested in social policy.” —Gary Goertz, University of Notre Dame, USA 

“Causal mechanisms meet social policy research in this masterful volume that offers clear theoretical and methodological guidance, while providing concrete examples from across the world. Kuhlmann, Nullmeier, and the impressive group of scholars they have gathered offer an innovative mechanism-based approach to study social policy processes that elegantly fuses the actions of policy actors with complex theory-centered causal sequences. This book’s theoretical and methodological insights make it a must-read for social policy scholars across disciplines.” —Sara Niedzwiecki, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Johanna Kuhlmann, Frank Nullmeier

About the editors

Johanna Kuhlmann is Postdoctoral Researcher at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany.

Frank Nullmeier is Professor of Political Science at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social, University of Bremen, Germany.



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