By Patricia Kennett
The present context of social coverage is one within which some of the outdated certainties of the earlier were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, family preoccupation of social coverage has made approach for a extra built-in, foreign and outward method of research which seems past the limits of the nation. it truly is during this context that this instruction manual brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research for you to supply accomplished assurance of up to date debates and concerns in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 subject matters, this remarkable quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual features of project comparative social learn. within the first half, the authors are serious about de-centring the country and lengthening the epistemological framework by which cross-national research is explored. In elements II and III, the focal point is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the day by day truth of getting ready for and engaging in cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and matters that are of specific relevance to knowing the modern social international. overseas in scope, this authoritative instruction manual provides unique innovative learn from top experts and may develop into an fundamental resource of reference for someone drawn to comparative social learn. it's going to additionally turn out a important examine reduction for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from a variety of disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city stories and public coverage.
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A key concept introduced by scholars and politicians in recent years is ‘multi-level governance’. It is used to capture the denationalization of statehood, the de-statization of politics, and the re-articulation of territorial and functional powers – especially as these trends are developing in the European Union. The fact that it is being used to describe the interaction of three analytically distinct trends (each with its counter-trend) or, at least, to characterize their combined impact, suggests that the concept may obscure as much as it discloses about recent changes.
The unity of the nation-state has also been weakened by the (admittedly uneven) growth of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies and Hollowing out the ‘nation-state’ 15 of divided political loyalties (with the resurgence of regionalism and nationalism as well as the rise of European identities, diasporic networks, cosmopolitan patriotism, and so on). 3. Six trends in the restructuring of national states The current reorganization of the national state and the modalities of state power in response to these and other pressures can be summarized in terms of six sets of analytically distinct but empirically interrelated and often overlapping trends.
3. Six trends in the restructuring of national states The current reorganization of the national state and the modalities of state power in response to these and other pressures can be summarized in terms of six sets of analytically distinct but empirically interrelated and often overlapping trends. Each trend is also associated with a counter-trend that both qualifies and transforms its significance for the state’s form and functions. These counter-trends can be viewed in the first instance as specific reactions to the new trends rather than as survivals of earlier patterns.
A handbook of comparative social policy by Patricia Kennett