New book: The Quest for Universal Social Policy co-authored by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea

18 November, 2016

A new book, The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South: Actors, Ideas and Architectures, by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea of ODID and Juliana Martinez Franzoni of the University of Costa Rica, is published this month by Cambridge University Press.

Universal social policies have the power to reduce inequality and create more cohesive societies. How can countries in the South deliver universalism?

This book answers this question through a comparative analysis of Costa Rica, Mauritius, South Korea, and Uruguay, and a detailed historical account of Costa Rica's successful trajectory.

Against the backdrop of democracy and progressive parties, the authors place policy architectures at centre stage – defined as the combination of instruments that dictate the benefits available to people. The volume also explores the role of state actors in building pro-universal architectures.

The book will interest advanced students and scholars of human development and public and social policies, as well as policymakers eager to promote universal policies across the South.

A roundtable discussion to launch the book will be held on 29 November at the Latin America Centre.

Find out more about the book.