Global Social Policy in the Making

Deacon's (2013) "Global Social Policy in the Making: The Foundations of the Social Protection Floor" outlines how the ILO was able to obtain agreement on the social protection floor, when previous efforts to have global social policy encountered barriers. In a sense, this is a history of the initiative. The author focuses on four key influences that enabled the success, namely the adopt of it by ILO, UN and G20, which are: contextual changes (global shifts), procedural changes (within the involved parties and intergovernmental institutions), actions of specific actors (institutions and individuals), and broader discourse / expectation shifts about social protection. For those interested in the 'how change' happens literature, specifically in the policy realm, this provides a rich history from which ideas and experiences can be draw.

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