Tag Archives: Social policy

Development and Social Change: old wine in new bottles?

April 5, 2018

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Bottles in Row.

Ronaldo Munck looks at the different development models.

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No Place Like Home

March 22, 2018

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iStock-470210186-houses-city-homeAntonio Argandoña explores the role the home plays in modern society and its importance for global legislative, political and institutional initiatives. […]

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Is China a welfare state?

July 17, 2017

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busy Shoppping Street in Shanghai, China

Beatriz Carrillo looks at the history and development of China’s welfare system.

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The Social Investment Approach to Social Welfare

May 12, 2017

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iStock-514573868-magnetic-numbersJames Midgley, Espen Dahl and Amy Conley Wright examine how social investment ideas have been adopted in different countries and the resulting outcomes. […]

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Wellbeing: An idea whose time has come?

July 8, 2016

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work-life-balance

Ian Bache and Louise Reardon examine the recent focus on wellbeing and where it is heading.


The terms ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ are frequently utilised as part of political rhetoric. In the recent UK EU referendum campaign for example, UKIP leader Nigel Farage invoked quality of life as a reason to vote leave – and as a way to undermine the economic concerns of those wanting to remain in the EU. For over a decade, David Cameron has spoken of the need to promote GWB (General Wellbeing Being) and not just GDP. At one point he went as far as to say that ‘Improving our society’s sense of well-being is… the central political challenge of our time’. In Cameron’s case, however, engagement with wellbeing has been more than just rhetorical. […]

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