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Social protection in an era of protracted crisis 
Courtney Hallink (University of Cambridge)
Anna Wood (University of Cambridge)
Nabila Idris (BRAC University)
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Palmer G.05
Thursday 29 June, -, -, Friday 30 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel asks how crisis might open (and sometimes foreclose) opportunities for new redistributive frameworks. This is interpreted broadly to include both historical episodes and current crises from contexts around the globe.

Long Abstract:

Crises have often provided an impetus for the introduction of welfare and social protection. It was in the post-war context that welfare states gained significant ground, while another ‘rediscovery of poverty’ (Mkandawire 2001) during the period of structural adjustment gave rise to the nascent programs for social protection that have become so widespread today. Significant spikes in international investment in the wake of 2008 and the Covid-19 pandemic have led to renewed pushes to monopolize on gains made.

Debate over the design of social protection has long been pulled between whether it is residual in nature, a sticking plaster response, used for firefighting, or whether it amounts to something more sustainable with more radical redistributive potential.

As we enter a period of protracted crisis, from climate catastrophe to the crisis of waged-work, we have to ask what this means for the future of social protection. Might it be a catalyst for long term change, as we are possibly seeing in South Africa with a renewed debate for basic income. Or might a picture of fragmentation and short-termism, with responses to the pandemic, Ukraine, drought, cost-of-living, work to undermine efforts to ingrain social protection in national policy.

The panel theme can be interpreted broadly by paying attention to both historical episodes or current crises. We intend for the panel to have a global scope and include a range of historical and social science methodologies.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 3 Friday 30 June, 2023, -
Session 4 Friday 30 June, 2023, -