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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance$
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Alexandra Kaasch and Kerstin Martens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.001.0001

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The European Union as a Global Social Policy Actor—Discourse and Policy Practice

The European Union as a Global Social Policy Actor—Discourse and Policy Practice

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(p.104) (p.105) Chapter 6 The European Union as a Global Social Policy Actor—Discourse and Policy Practice
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Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance
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Valeria Fargion

Marco Mayer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743996.003.0006

The chapter deals with the EU as a global social policy actor. In detail, the first part shows how—starting with the Prodi Commission and until 2005–07—the EU paid increasing attention to the social dimension of globalization, by fully endorsing the MDG programme and stepping up its aid budget. The second part tests the EU’s impact on social policies at national levels by focusing on sub-Saharan countries—notably among the poorest and most deprived areas of the planet. The analysis shows a clear disconnect between EU’s official commitments and the policies implemented on the ground. Specific suggestions are then put forward on how to realign discourse and policy practice. The chapter argues that strengthening national health care systems, especially in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), is a win-win strategy for the EU, but in the current political and economic context this appears an unlikely prospect.

Keywords:   EU, sub-Saharan countries, discourse, national health care systems, aid

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