Global Social Policy

Global Social Policy

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Public Policy and Social Development

Daniel Beland University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Alexandra Kaasch University of Bielefeld, Germany
Huck-ju Kwon Seoul National University, South Korea
Rianne Mahon Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
Founding Editor
Bob Deacon University of Sheffield, UK
African Regional Editor
Jeremy Seekings University of Cape Town Centre for Social Science Research, South Africa
East Asian Regional Editor
M Ramesh National University of Singapore, Singapore
Latin American Regional Editor
Juliana Martinez-Franzoni University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
South Asian Regional Editor
Siri Hettige University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Digest Editor
James Canonge International Labour Organization, Switzerland
Managing Editor
Madelaine Moore University of Bielefeld, Germany

eISSN: 17412803 | ISSN: 14680181 | Current volume: 17 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
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Global Social Policy is a fully peer-reviewed journal that advances understandings of social policy, social development, social and health governance, gender and poverty, social welfare, education, employment, and food, and the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation, from transnational and global perspectives. The journal publishes scholarly and policy-oriented articles that address global social policy discourse, and practice as well as transnational flows of capital, people, and policies including the diffusion of ideas. The editors welcome articles addressing the subject of global social policy, discourse, and practice, through a focus on transnational flows of capital, people, ideas and policies; transnational social movements and non-governmental organisations; international intergovernmental organisations and world-regional and transregional intergovernmental institutions and groupings.

"In an era of global communications, Global Social Policy has significantly enhanced international communication among social policy makers, researchers and scholars. It has also enhanced the interpretation and analysis of global social welfare policies and programmes. The journal is a vital scholarly resource which is widely read around the world today and which will, in the future, be even more widely consulted. It is a leading international publication in the field." James Midgley, Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services, University of California, Berkeley

"Global Social Policy has managed, in a relatively short time, to establish itself as the premier international journal in the area it has carved out for itself, namely where globalisation meets national social policy. It was prescient when established and it continues to be cutting edge. It has managed to avoid the usual pitfall of Northern journals that claim the 'global' mantle while making no effort to move beyond the world they are familiar with. It also, seemingly effortlessly, manages to bridge the divide between academic and policy ways of thinking and writing. I am sure Global Social Policy will continue to develop under new editorial leadership and become the obligatory point of reference for scholars and policy-makers alike concerned about how to develop social policies adequate to the challenges posed by globalisation." Ronaldo Munck, Strategic Director, Internationalisation and Social Development, President’s Office, Dublin City University

"Global Social Policy covers work in a rapidly expanding and increasingly important field. As a consequence of economic globalization, the social welfare policies of most states are now deeply affected by international institutions and by the policies adopted by other states. International organizations, such as the IMF and the World Bank, both enable and constrain social policy and international cooperation is often essential to prevent a competition-driven "race to the bottom". Global Social Policy is the only journal that focuses squarely on these issues. Its editors and those it relies on to review work are among the very best scholars in the field and every issue contains articles that are illuminating and often pathbreaking." Craig N. Murphy, M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College

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Global Social Policy is a fully peer-reviewed journal that advances understandings of social policy, social development, social and health governance, gender and poverty, social welfare, education, employment, and food, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation from transnational and global perspectives. The journal publishes scholarly and policy-oriented articles that address global social policy discourse and practice, as well as transnational flows of capital, people, and policies, including the diffusion of ideas.

The editors of Global Social Policy seek to publish articles that address the intersections of social issues, governance, politics and policies at various levels or scales — transnational social movements and nongovernmental organisations; international intergovernmental organisations, and world-regional and transregional intergovernmental institutions and groupings — using a global or transnational analytical framework.

Focusing on aspects of social policy and social governance and factors of globalization and policy diffusion, broadly defined, in both contemporary and historical contexts, the journal serves academic and policy-making or advocacy audiences across the global North and South. Contributions from across all disciplines and fields of study from a wide range of theoretical and political perspectives are strongly encouraged.

International Advisory Board
Jimi Adesina University of South Africa, South Africa
Tuba Agartan Providence College, USA
Ayse Bugra Bogaziçi University, Turkey
Michael Cichon Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Sarah Cook United Nations Children's Fund, Florence, Italy
Anis Dani World Bank, United States
Michelle Dion McMaster University, Canada
Tracy Fenwick Australian National University, Australia
Chris Holden University of York, UK
Katja Hujo UNRISD, Switzerland
William Hynes OECD, France
Anja P. Jakobi TU Braunschweig, Germany
Gabriele Köhler UNRISD, Independent Development Economist, Germany
Lutz Leisering Bielefeld University, Germany
Kerstin Martens Bremen University, Germany
Craig Murphy Wellesley College, United States
Mitchell Orenstein University of Pennsylvania, United States
Isabel Ortiz International Labour Organization, Switzerland
Ito Peng University of Toronto, Canada
Nicola Piper University of Sydney, Australia
Thomas Pogge Yale University, USA
Shahra Razavi UN Women, United States
Asunción Lera St Clair University of Oslo, Norway
Paul Stubbs Institute of Economics, Croatia
Rebecca Surender University of Oxford, UK
Marianne Ulriksen University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Timo Voipio National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Nicola Yeates Open University, UK
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Global Social Policy will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    In addition to full length articles, which should be up to 8,500 words in length (including notes and references, a brief abstract and 5-7 keywords), the journal is also interested in review articles. Authors interested in submitting a review essay to Global Social Policy may contact the reviews editor to request guidelines for submission. Global Social Policy encourages authors with ideas for book review essays to discuss their feasibility before beginning or submitting a review. Please contact the Reviews Editors, Michelle Dion ( and Peter Graefe (, for further details.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Global Social Policy adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Global Social Policy requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Global Social Policy encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Global Social Policy and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Global Social Policy offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Global Social Policy conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.5 Reference style

    Global Social Policy adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard output file here

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Global Social Policyis hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Authors wishing to submit Special Issue Proposals, Review Essays, Forum contributions or seeking any additional information on submissions may contact the Managing Editor, Amanda Schimunek, at for guidelines.

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