While much has been written about national social policy (and welfare regimes) worldwide, and regionalist economic and security processes, the significance of regional integration as a site and driver of social politics and policy has been rather more neglected within sociological and political science literature on welfare. This paper is concerned with social policy in processes of region-building. Empirically, it is concerned with 2 inter-related issues: the linkages between regional integration and social policy in practice; and the ability of regional institutions to mobilise collective action in defence of social rights. It is also concerned with the bases and tenets of a revitalised theoretical understanding of the relationship between regionalisation processes and social policy.
This work is part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) / UK Department for International Development supported ‘Poverty reduction and regional integration: a comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies’ project.
Nicola Yeates and Pía Riggirozzi (2015) Global social regionalism: Regional Organisations as drivers of social policy change. Conference paper to Annual Conference of Research Committee 19, International Sociological Association, At Bath University
Global Social Regionalism: regional organisations as social policy actors