This recovery with a human face discussion (see earlier email) is interesting
and worthwhile discussion.
I am pronpted to address the question of the nature of the global social policy
response to the crisis.
One significant development was the agreement of the UN Chief Excutive Board to
the idea of he Global Social Floor or minimum social protection package. This
certainly is an advance on the neo-liberal era of residual safety nets and
policies that targeted the poorest of the poor.It is to be supported. The work
of UNICEF and ILO and WHO here is crucial.
However I argue strongly in a paper delivered at the UNRISD conference on the
crisis last November that an adequate social policy and social development
response to the crisis has to go beyond the global social floor concept.
What is needed is a more universal and inclusive approach to state lead social
development with which the welfare needs of the middle class and state builders
are met as well as those of the poor.
If the professional and middle class of many developing countries are to be
weaned away from a self serving attachment to a global market in private
welfare (overseas universities, private pensions, consumption of health servise
abroad) then developing countries need good universities, good hospital
provision and adequate remuneration for the state builders.
Otherwise there will be no chance of rebuilding bonds of solidarity between the
poor and the non poor within countris which are needed to (re)build universal
and high quality social provision for all. This IS the lesson of effective
European welfare state building.
The paper can be accessed at www.unrisd.org :follow the links from the home
to the conference. It will also be available later as a chapter of a book to be
published by URNRISD following the conference.
Similar aguments can be found on the revamped Comparative Research Programmme
Poverty (CROP) web pages at:www.crop.org. Follow links to core projects.
Professor Bob Deacon
Professor of International Social Policy
University of Sheffield UK
Founding editor Global Social Policy
Member of Scientific Steering Committee of CROP