It is important to draw critical attention to the broad policy perspectives that travel across the globe and operate at multiple scalesSocial Investment is clearly one such set of ideas that has assumed increasing prominence over the last two decadesLike most such rapidly diffusing ideas, however, it admits of quite different interpretationsIn this article I examine the most recent iterations of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs' (DELSA) interpretation of Social Investment against the backdrop of its earlier workI argue that its initial formulations could be seen as an example of inclusive liberalismSince then, however, DELSA has begun to embrace important elements of a social democratic version, including a concern with gender equality

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Mahon, R. (2013). Social Investment According to the OECD/DELSA: A Discourse in the Making. Global Policy, 4(2), 150–159. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2012.00182.x