Social policies in small states series

Country case studies and thematic papers examining social policy issues facing small states and their implications for economic development. They show how, despite their inherent vulnerability, some small states have been successful in improving their social indicators because of the complementary social and economic policies they have implemented.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 7
Publication date: 30 July 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are two small states that have struggled to develop successful social policies since independence. This study traces their social histories and examines factors that have hindered progress. Future development requires a move away from traditional social structures and a focus on political stability and economic growth.

Contributor: Desmond U Amosa
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 6
Publication date: 25 July 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Samoa is a role model in the Pacific region for its economic and social achievements. This in-depth study traces the history of government policy and examines the fundamentals underpinning the country’s progress. It also examines how the fa’a Samoa, the culture, enabled the country to build resilience after crises in the 1990s.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 9 December 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book provides comprehensive analysis of social policy development in Seychelles, focusing on the political and economic developments that have led to the current situation. The challenge now is to maintain current levels of social policy interventions in the face of severe indebtedness and the stagnation of economic growth.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 31 March 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This paper examines the economic, political and social development of Malta, particularly since independence, highlighting the successes and failures of the social development strategies adopted and suggesting how these lessons can inform future policy decisions

Contributor: Geoff Bertram
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 15 March 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Examines how the characteristics of small states influence their pursuit of a welfare state. Many of the small states discussed have not previously featured in mainstream thinking about the relationship between country size and the extent of the welfare state.

Contributor: Patsy Lewis
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 2
Publication date: 1 November 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This paper assesses developments in social policy approaches and delivery in Grenada, including the economic strategies pursued and their effects on social policy, particularly in respect of children. It looks at the challenges faced by governments and presents a brief case study of Hurricane Ivan.

Contributor: Jane Jenson
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 25 October 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This paper examines the concept of social cohesion in policy debates and assesses its impact on social development. Part I examines the literature, identifying different types of usage. Part II presents a range of indicators that have been used to measure social cohesion. Part III provides discussion of the lessons to be drawn.