The chapter provides an overview of the book’s aims and structure. It explains how the volume assesses the changing patterns of social policy coverage in MENA countries: what new discourses have emerged; what are their main political and social drivers and who are the key actors involved? Are there shifts in national and local governance that result from these changing policy discourses? Overall, do the changes of the last decade reflect broader or more selective social policy coverage? These are questions that address the structure and size of the social policy institutions of the MENA region and as such address a central debate in social policy studies pertaining to the tension between universal or targeted programmes. This is done against the background of the current social protection paradigm which forms a core part of the 2030 SDG agenda. Hence, the volume takes a governance-oriented analysis that reflects long-standing traditions of social policy analysis based on the three types of state-oriented, market-oriented and populist-oriented approaches, each of which highlights different logics for organizing access to social policies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Policy in the Middle East and North Africa
Subtitle of host publicationThe New Social Protection Paradigm and Universal Coverage
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781786431998
ISBN (Print)9781786431981
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

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© Rana Jawad, Nicola Jones and Mahmood Messkoub 2019. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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