Seven projects of CRC 1342's project area B have published a Special Regional Issue of "Social Policy and Administration": Causal mechanisms in the analysis of transnational social policy dynamics: Evidence from the global south. The main research question the authors address is: Which causal mechanisms can capture the transnational dynamics of social policy in the Global South?
In order to find answers to this question, the authors present in‐depth case studies of social policy dynamics in different countries and regions in the Global South as well as different fields. All articles focus on the interplay of national and transnational actors when it comes to social policy‐making. (The papers of this Special Issue are listed below.)
The key findings of the authors are:
- Explanations of social policy‐making in the Global South will remain incomplete unless transnational factors are taken into account
- However, this does not mean that national factors are no longer important. In social policy decision‐making, national institutional settings and actors are key
- Mechanism‐based research can plausibly trace the interplay between transnational and national actors and its impact on shaping social policy outcomes. The articles identify a variety of causal mechanisms that can capture this interplay
- The output of social policy‐making is complex and can often not be explained by a single mechanism. Examining the combination and possible interaction of several causal mechanisms can provide more in‐depth explanations
- The concept of causal mechanisms can also be applied in comparative analyses
- Mechanisms can be traced inductively in one case and then be applied to another case.
Johanna Kuhlmann & Tobias ten Brink (2021). Causal mechanisms in the analysis of transnational social policy dynamics: Evidence from the global south. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12725
Armin Müller (2021). Bureaucratic conflict between transnational actor coalitions: The diffusion of British national vocational qualifications to China. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12689
Johanna Kuhlmann & Frank Nullmeier (2021). A mechanism‐based approach to the comparison of national pension systems in Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12691
Kressen Thyen & Roy Karadag (2021). Between affordable welfare and affordable food: Internationalized food subsidy reforms in Egypt and Tunisia. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12710
Monika Ewa Kaminska, Ertila Druga, Liva Stupele & Ante Malinar (2021). Changing the healthcare financing paradigm: Domestic actors and international organizations in the agenda setting for diffusion of social health insurance in post‐communist Central and Eastern Europe. Social Policy and Administration (in press).
Gulnaz Isabekova & Heiko Pleines (2021). Integrating development aid into social policy: Lessons on cooperation and its challenges learned from the example of health care in Kyrgyzstan. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12669
Anna Safuta (2021). When policy entrepreneurs fail: Explaining the failure of long‐term care reforms in Poland. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12714
Jakob Henninger & Friederike Römer (2021). Choose your battles: How civil society organisations choose context‐specific goals and activities to fight for immigrant welfare rights in Malaysia and Argentina. Social Policy and Administration. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12721
Dr. Johanna Kuhlmann
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy
Phone: +49 421 218-58574
Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy, Research IV and China Global Center
Campus Ring 1
Phone: +49 421 200-3382