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Social policy in the face of a global pandemic: policy responses to the COVID‐19 crisis

Béland, Daniel, Cantillon, Bea, Hick, Rod ORCID: and Moreira, Amílcar 2021. Social policy in the face of a global pandemic: policy responses to the COVID‐19 crisis. Social Policy and Administration 55 (2) , pp. 249-260. 10.1111/spol.12718

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How have welfare states responded to the coronavirus pandemic? In this introductory article, we provide a synopsis of papers that comprise this special issue on social policy responses to COVID‐19, an overview of some of the key questions they raise, and some provisional answers to these questions. Our conclusions are threefold: first, these social policy responses, while entailing new developments in many countries, nonetheless reflect, at least in part, existing national policy legacies. Second, these responses can be understood as a form of “emergency Keynesianism,” which is characterized by the massive use of deficit spending during economic crises, with the aim of to supporting rather than challenging core capitalist institutions. Third, there are clear differences in terms of the nature of the reforms enacted during the initial phase of the COVID‐19 crisis as compared to reforms enacted as a response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0144-5596
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 February 2021
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2023 10:13

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