- xiv, 255 pages ; 24 cm.
- Additional Authors
- Dahl, Espen,Midgley, James,Wright, Amy Conley,
- Contents: 1.Social investment: concepts, uses and theoretical perspectives / James Midgley -- 2.Social investment in early childhood in Australia / Amy Conley Wright -- 3.Housing and social investment: lessons from Hong Kong and Singapore / James Lee -- 4.Social investments and poor families in India: the role of early childhood and employment programmes / Sony Pellissery -- 5.Employment policy and social investment in Norway / Thomas Lorentzen -- 6.The Child Support Grant in South Africa: gender, care and social investment / Leila Patel -- 7.Investing in communities in the United States: social capital, asset building and local enterprise / James Midgley -- 8.Cash transfers as social investments: the Brazilian case / Anthony Hall -- 9.Pension reform in China: towards social investment / Yuebin Xu -- 10.A Critical Perspective on child care and social investment in Norway: what is in children's best interest? / Anne Grete Tøge -- 11.Social investment as a means of integrating immigrants in Europe / Steinar Stjernø -- 12.Social investment and the international development organizations / Sarah Cook -- 13.Conclusion: lessons learned and future directions / Amy Conley Wright.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This book contributes to the growing social policy literature on social investment by discussing the way social investment ideas have been adopted in different countries and in various academic and professional fields, including social policy, development studies and non-profit management. Documenting the experience of implementing social investment in different communities, it urges the adoption of a One World perspective that integrates these diverse experiences and promotes policy learning between different nations. This book fills a major gap in the literature, which, in the past, has focused largely on European welfare states and their employment and educational policies. Contrary to the view that social investment is a new stage in the development of these welfare states, it shows that social investment has been promoted in other countries and in different policy fields for many years, including housing, child welfare, community development, social protection and rural development. The contribution to social investment by international development organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Labour Organization and others are discussed, specifically looking at how these have fostered the adoption of social investment policies in development.