Seminar 7

GASPP 7 Seminar

The Rise and Fall (?) of the International Influence of American (USA) Social Policy

The seventh Globalism and Social Policy Seminar was held in conjunction with and at the Institute on Globalisation and the Human Condition, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada 11 – 12 September 2004.

Seminar Programme

The programme includes links to some of the papers presented (in PDF format).

10 September 2004

Session One: The American Social Policy model

  • The Origins and Essence of USA Social Policy (PDF)
    Nick Manning, University of Nottingham, UK
  • The Wisconsin LegacyMichael Wiseman, George Washington University, USA
  • Welfare Regimes in Relation to Paid Work and CareMarcia K. Meyers, University of Washington, USA

Session Two: The Vehicles for USA International Social Policy Influence

  • The Global Politics of Attention: Mapping the Bank’s Pension Policy Influence.
    Mitchell Orenstein, Maxwell School of Syracuse University, USA.
  • Investment Strategies Underpinning Policy Promotion (PDF)
    Jane Lethbridge, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), U.K.
  • Borrowing or Learning? The Impact of American Ideas on British Social Policy (PDF)
    Rob Hulme, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Towards an americanisation or differentiation of global labour regulation?Christian Brutsch, University of Zurich, Switzerland

11 September 2004

Session Three: The International Impact of USA Social Policy

  • Outpost of Empire: American Social Policy Triumphalism on the Canadian Periphery?Stephen McBride, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada.
  • American Policy and its Impact upon ChinaXinping Guan, Nankai University, China.
  • American Influence on Welfare Reform in Europe: The Case of Finland in Comparative PerspectiveElsa Keskitalo, STAKES, Helsinki, Finland.

Session Four: Countervailing influences: Beyond the Washington Consensus?

  • Social Policy after the Washington Consensus (PDF)Santosh Mehrotra, UNDP HDR
  • Beyond Residual Social Policy in a Development Context (PDF)Arjan de Haan, DFID UK.
  • The Social Economy and the American Model: Between Countervailing Strategy and Flanking Mechanism (PDF)
    Peter Graefe, McMaster University, Canada.
  • Universalism and Diversity in Global Futures (PDF)
    Akbar Zaidi, Independent Researcher, Pakistan.

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