n Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development - The Handbook of Social Policy and Development, James Midgley, Rebecca Surrender and Laura Alfers (Eds.) - book review

Volume 32 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2520-0097
  • E-ISSN: 2415-5829



The recent expansion of social assistance programmes, services and budgets in developing countries has created a new interest in evaluating the effects of these welfare reforms, and in understanding the political factors that drive the welfare expansion. While there is an increasing debate among scholars in social policy and political science about how theories on the development of the welfare state and on new social risk can shed light on the welfare expansion, there is at the same time a strong focus in development studies on issues related to social welfare and poverty reduction.

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