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
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Table of contents (14 chapters)
Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in Asian Countries
Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in African Countries
Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in European Countries
Causal Mechanisms and Social Policies in Latin American Countries
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.
“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.
Book Title: Causal Mechanisms in the Global Development of Social Policies
Editors: Johanna Kuhlmann, Frank Nullmeier
Series Title: Global Dynamics of Social Policy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91087-7Published: 29 May 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91090-7Published: 29 May 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-91088-4Published: 28 May 2022
Series ISSN: 2661-8672
Series E-ISSN: 2661-8680
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XIX, 457
Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour