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The Transformation of Latin American Social Policy: Dynamics, Institutions and Outcomes

07 November 2014

This is an International conference hosted by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP).

Date: Friday 7th November, 2014

Venue: University of Bath

Audience: There are a limited number of places available for this conference, on a first come first serve basis. Please e-mail the IPR to register your place. 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Professor Armando Barrientos (Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Juliana Martinez Franzoni (Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad de Costa Rica)

For further information, please read the  speakers' biographies.

Conference organisers

Dr Theo Papadopoulos and  Mr Ricardo Velazquez Leyer (Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath)

Conference rationale

Despite its long history - which in some cases predates the introduction of social programmes in some advanced capitalist countries - the study of Latin American social policy has received significantly less attention than other regions of the world. Moreover, during the twenty-first century the region’s social policy has been transformed with the introduction and expansion of programmes that have taken social protection towards population groups historically neglected by state action.

Our conference aims to meet the need for a better of understanding of the rapid transformation that is taking place in in Latin American social policy. It brings together some of the leading scholars in the field to discuss social and politico-economic dynamics, reform models, institutional architectures and major outcomes of Latin American social policy, and to discern the policy tools that appear to offer the stronger potential of combating poverty and inequality.

The conference will address the following questions:

  • What are the main social, political and economic dynamics of change in social policy in Latin America?
  • What are the characteristics of social policy programmes and how can we explain their redistributive impact on the reduction of poverty and inequality?
  • To what extent have changes generated divergent or convergent welfare models? Is there an emerging model of social policy in Latin America?
  • In what ways have changes in social policy reconfigured the roles of the state, the market and families in the production, distribution and consumption of welfare?

Papers selected for presentation cover a wide range of policy areas, comparative and country case studies and diverse methodological approaches. All of the papers represent significant contributions to study of social policy, with findings that could be highly relevant for other regions of the world as well.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to build and strengthen links among academic researchers from different countries as well as explore the idea of creating a wider network of scholars interested in social policy developments in Latin America, where new ideas could be discussed and ground-breaking collaborative projects could be formulated.


Download the provisional programme

Abstract submission and deadlines

The deadline for abstract submissions has now passed and all successful participants have been notified. The deadline for submission of accepted papers is Monday 20th October, 2014.

There is no conference participation fee.

If you have any further queries, please contact Ricardo Velazquez Leyer.

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