ISBN : 9780198860150
The term 'social security' has a very different meaning in underdeveloped countries and is best understood as poverty alleviation. This work seeks to define social security in its various forms and to examine what types of programmes are most suitable for developing countries.
The authors review current literature on the subject. Some chapters explore broad themes, while others describe social security provisions in various regions in South Asia, China, Latin America, and Southern Africa. Western systems are compared and broad assessments made of the traditional social security systems in village societies.
The editors aim to put the subject of social security firmly on the agenda of development economic research with a view to stimulate much further research in this area. The volume is written in a way that will be accessible to a much wider audience.
Part I General Issues
1 Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen: Public Action for Social Security: Foundations and Strategy
2 Robin Burgess, and Nicholas Stern: Social Security in Developing Countries: What, Why, Who, and How?
3 A. B. Atkinson and John Hills: Social Security in Developed Countries: Are There Lessons for Developing Countries?
4 Jean-Philippe Platteau: Traditional Systems of Social Security and Hunger Insurance: Past Achievements and Modern Challenges
5 Bina Agarwal: Social Security and the Family: Coping with Seasonality and Calamity in Rural India
PART II Case-Studies
6 Ehtisham Ahmad and Athar Hussain: Social Security in China: A Historical Perspective
7 S. R. Osmani: Social Security in South Asia
8 Carmelo Mesa-Lago: Social Security in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Assessment
9 Joachim von Braun: Social Security in Sub Saharan Africa: Reflections on Policy Challenges
10 Morgan Richard: Social Security in the SADCC States of Southern Africa: Social Welfare Programmes and the Reduction of Household Vulnerability