New book from L. Leisering about "The Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers" published
Lutz Leisering (2019, publication 6 Dec 2018) The Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers. How States and International Organizations Constructed a New Instrument for Combating Poverty. Oxford: Oxford University Press (xxii+453 pp)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) proclaimed the equality of all human beings in dignity and rights. The right to social security, however, has been taken more seriously only since the 2000s, through calls for ‘Social Security for All’ by the International Labour Organization and ‘Leaving no-one behind’ in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The book investigates a major response, social cash transfers to the poor. The idea of simply giving money to the poor had been rejected by all major development organizations, but since the early 2000s, social cash transfers have mushroomed in the global South and on agendas of international organizations. How come? What programmes have emerged in which countries? How inclusive are the programmes? What models have international organizations devised? Based on unique quantitative and qualitative data and on newly created concepts and indicators, this is the first book that takes stock of all identifiable cash transfers in all Southern countries and of the views of all major international organizations.
The book argues that cash transfers reflect broader changes: new understandings of development, of human rights, of global risks, of the social responsibility of governments, and of universalism. The book also contributes to a general theory of social policy in development contexts, through a constructivist sociological approach that complements the dominant approaches from welfare economics and political economy.
The book summarizes and theorizes the results of the research project FLOOR-B, which was financed by the German Research Council (for more publications and backgrounds see www.floorcash.org).More Information about the book.