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The New Politics of Crisis Management: Global Voices on the Role of Social Policies (Draft)



There are various factors affecting the development of social policy and welfare state arrangements at the national level. To changing societal structures and risks emerging within a national context come transnational factors that build a context to, have an impact on, and provoke national adjustments and reforms. Global economic crises are not only an ‘external shock’ for national institutions but they are also followed and accompanied by global social policies in terms of prescriptions on how to manage the crisis and what to do with or about social policies.

Alexandra Kaasch is a Senior Researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre 597 'Transformations of the State' at the University of Bremen.