Adjustment and Social Sector Restructuring

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Social Science - 147 pages
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Social policy in developing countries has been substantially affected in recent years by economic crisis and structural adjustment, and perhaps more importantly, by the ascendance of neo-liberal ideology.
By the late 1980s, the adverse effects of adjustment had become clear, and the resulting political opposition led many governments and their external supporters to design programmes meant to 'mitigate the social costs' of adjustment. The most visible of these are the 'social fund' or 'safety net' measures intended not only to address the social impacts of adjustment, but also to improve their social and political acceptability. In addition, they are seen by some as providing a model for new, more efficient and effective means of providing social service. This volume examines the goals, assumptions, impacts and possible long-term outcomes of social policy trends in developing countries.

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JIMI ADESINA is Professor of Sociology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He received his education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the University of Warwick, UK, where he obtained his PhD. His teaching and research interests include labour and development studies, social theory, methodology, and social policy.

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