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The UN and Regional Social Policy

  • Bob Deacon
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Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 3)

Abstract

In this short chapter, I want to argue that although a set of global social reform policies might be the best way to fashion a socially just globalisation, a more politically viable strategy might be to concentrate on building effective regional social policies. I will further show that such regional health, education and social protection policies are being developed by many regional associations of government. I will then demonstrate that the UN regional commissions and the regional offices of the UN social agencies (ILO, UNESCO, UNDP, WHO) have with a few exceptions not been at the forefront of these new progressive regional social policies. I add my voice to the call for these UN actors to redirect their efforts around actually existing regional associations of government rather than continuing to focus their social policy interventions on single countries within merely geographically defined regions.

Keywords

Regional Integration Social Agency Regional Association Southern African Development Community African Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bob Deacon
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    • 2
  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)BrugesBelgium

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