Building Decent Societies

Rethinking the Role of Social Security in Development

  • Peter Townsend

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. 1 Introduction

    1. Peter Townsend
      Pages 1-25
  3. The Right to Social Security and National Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Peter Townsend
      Pages 29-59
  4. Issues for the Global Society of the Twenty-first Century

  5. Social Protection in Europe and the OECD

  6. Experiences from Low-Income Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Phusit Prakongsai, Supon Limwattananon, Walaiporn Patcharanarumol, Pongpisut Jongudomsuk
      Pages 310-322
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Christina Behrendt, Michael Cichon, Krzysztof Hagemejer, Stephen Kidd, Rüdiger Krech, Peter Townsend
      Pages 325-337
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 338-386

About this book


This book builds the case for a comprehensive social security system to be developed in all countries – to eliminate desperate conditions of poverty, reverse growing inequality and sustain economic growth. It gives the history of the rich countries in meeting poverty and shows how the strategies in the poor countries can be greatly improved.


economic growth Europe European Union (EU) growth human rights OECD Policy poverty social policy social security

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Townsend
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

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