Work Plan 2014-15
Marginalization and Social Service Provision Working Group Template – “Pathways to Improving Well-Being in a World Without Work”:
Social Welfare Provision, Health Care, Inequality, Advocacy Politics, Social Policy Domain.
Vera Coelho, Paul Kingston
Shylashri Shankar, Laura Waisbich, Nayana Godamunne, Jill Black, Steven Robbins, Ranjita Mohanty, Alex Shankland, Hayley MacGregor
The focus of this CORD working group is to examine in comparative perspective how the field of health and social service provision for marginalized populations is evolving in the South. The overarching context that informs this collaborative research project are the present dynamics of economic development and growth that reinforces socio-economic inequalities and fails to generate broad-based employment. These dynamics accentuate the pressures on service provision in the fields of health and social welfare.
Starting from this broad socio-economic context, the working group seeks to identify and analyze successful case studies in the area of health and social service provision. By successful cases, we understand experiences that contribute to the reduction of poverty, inequality and risk. These case studies will revolve around two comparisons.
The first focuses on the nature of: the political system, the welfare regime and the ‘policy domain’. The second comparison revolves around an analysis of the role played by associations, social movements and participatory spaces in the definition and implementation of health and social assistance policies.
Departing from these comparisons we interrogate more closely the link between: (1) Political systems; welfare regimes; policy domain and citizens mobilization; (2) the social policies/programs adopted in each country; (3) and their capacity to contribute to the reduction of poverty, inequality and risk.
A more detailed outline of the proposed research along with more precise research questions will emerge in early 2015 after a series of group consultations.
The short term outputs with timelines are as follows:
- June 2014 (mid-to-late) – working group exchange references upon which a more precise common conceptual framework can be formulated.
- August 2014 (late) – comparative literature review of social welfare regimes in the Global South be completed and circulated (Kingston).
- September 2014 (late) – e-dialogue working group session to formulate a more precise conceptual framework for the working group (based upon literature references previously exchanged).
- December 2014 (early) – each working group member produce a short draft outline of their respective case studies based upon the common conceptual framework
- February 2015 (late) – e-dialogue session with working group members to establish the framework and parameters for a collaborative working paper to be presented and discussed at the next CORD meeting