The Transformation of Latin American Social Policy: Dynamics,
Institutions and Outcomes
Date: 7 November 2014
Venue: University of Bath (UK), Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
• Prof Armando Barrientos, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of
• Dr Juliana Martinez Franzoni, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales,
Universidad de Costa Rica
This is an exciting time for the study of social policy in Latin
America. During the twenty-first century, social policy in the region
has been transforming at an unprecedented scale. Rapid and diverse
policy changes have taken social protection to groups of the population
never reached before. New institutional landscapes and modes of welfare
governance have emerged, redefining the roles of the state, market and
the family in social protection. These have resulted in new patterns of
redistribution affecting the wellbeing of millions of Latin Americans.
Our conference will address the following questions:
• What are the main social, political and economic dynamics of change in
social policy in Lain America?
• What are the characteristics of social policy programmes and how can
we explain their redistributive impact on the reduction of poverty and
• 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?
We invite papers willing to explore one or more of these topics. These
may take the form of a national case study, sub-national or
cross-national comparisons or studies of wider regional dynamics
affecting social policy.
Contributions from doctoral students are very welcome.
A select number of papers will be included in a proposal for a special
issue in a peer-reviewed Journal.
Hosting and fees:
There is no conference participation fee. The conference is hosted by
the Institute for Policy Research and the Centre for the Analysis of
Social Policy at the University of Bath.
Abstract Submission and deadline:
Please send abstracts (maximum 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline for abstract submissions: 15th July 2014.
- Successful participants will be notified by: 30th July 2014.
- Deadline for submission of accepted papers: 20th October 2014.
For further queries, please contact Ricardo Velazquez Leyer at