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The Student's Companion to Social Policy


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Introduction Part I Concepts and Approaches 1. What is Social Policy? Pete Alcock 2. Researching Social Policy Saul Becker and Pete Alcock 3. Social Needs, Social Problems, Social Welfare and Wellbeing Nick Manning 4. Equality and Social Justice Peter Taylor-Gooby 5. Human Rights and Equality Deidre Flanigan and Alison Hosie 6. Efficiency, Equity and Choice Carol Propper 7. Citizenship Peter Dwyer 8. Changing Behaviour Jessica Pykett Part II Key Perspectives 9. Neo-liberalism ick Ellison 10. The Conservative Tradition Hugh Bochel 11. Social Democracy Robert Page 12. Socialist Perspectives Hartley Dean 13. Feminist Perspectives Shona Hunter 14. Social Movements Louisa Parks 15. Post-Modernist Perspectives Tony Fitzpatrick Part III Historical Context 16. Nineteenth Century Beginnings Bernard Harris 17. The Liberal Era Noel Whiteside 18. The Post-War Welfare State Robert Page 19. Crisis, Retrenchment and Neo-Liberalism Howard Glennerster 20. Modernisation and the Third Way Martin Powell 21. Austerity Politics Jay Wiggan Part IV Devolution and Social Policy in the UK 22. Social Policy and Devolution Richard Parry 23. Social Policy in Northern Ireland Ann Marie Gray and Derek Birrell 24. Social Policy in Scotland Lynne Poole 25. Social Policy in Wales Paul Chaney Part V Contemporary Context and Challenges 26. The Demographic Challenge Jane Falkingham and Athina Vlachantoni 27. The Economic Context Kevin Farnsworth and Zoe Irving 28. The Sustainability Challenge Tony Fitzpatrick 29. The Role of Religion Rana Jawed 30. The Distribution of Welfare John Hills 31. Divisions and Difference Sharon Wright 32. `Race', Minority Ethnic Groups and Social Welfare Lucinda Platt 33. Poverty and Social Exclusion Pete Alcock Part VI Welfare Production and Provision 34. State Welfare Catherine Bochel 35. Commercial Welfare Christopher Holden 36. Occupational Welfare Edward Brunsdon and Margaret May 37. Voluntary Welfare Jeremy Kendall 38. Informal Welfare Linda Pickard 39. Welfare Users and Social Policy Catherine Needham 40. Paying for Welfare Howard Glennerster 41. Taxation and Welfare Stuart Adam and Barra Roantree Part VII Welfare Governance 42. The Policy Process Hugh Bochel 43. Managing and Delivering Welfare Ian Greener 44. Accountability for Welfare Jackie Gulland 45. Local Governance Guy Daly and Howard Davis 46. The European Union Linda Hantrais Part VIII Welfare Domains 47. Social Security Karen Rowlingson and Stephen McKay 48. Employment Alan Whitworth and Eleanor Carter 49. Health Care Rob Baggott 50. Public Health Rob Baggott 51. Education in Schools Anne West 52. Lifelong Learning and Training Claire Callender 53. Housing David Mullins 54. Social Care Jon Glasby 55. Criminal Justice Tim Newburn Part IX Experiencing Welfare 56. Working Age Conditionality Ruth Patrick 57. Family Policies Tina Haux 58. Children Tess Ridge 59. Young People Bob Coles and Aniela Wenham 60. Older People Kate Hamblin 61. Disability Mark Priestley 62. Migrants and Asylum Seekers Majella Kilkey Part X International and Comparative Context 63. Comparative Analysis Margaret May 64. Policy Learning and Transfer John Hudson 65. Social Policy in Europe Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg 66. Social Policy in the USA Scott L. Greer and Philip M. Singer 67. Social Policy in East Asia Misa Izuhara 68. Social Policy in the BRICS countries Rebecca Surender 69. Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa Rana Jawad 70. Social Policy in Developing Societies Patricia Kennett 71. Globalism and International Organisations Nicola Yeates Appendix: The Social Policy Association (SPA)

About the Author

Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has been teaching and researching in social policy for forty years. From 2003-2008, he was Head of the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham, from 2008-2014 he was Director of the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), and since 2013 he has been Director of the University's ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. He is author and editor of a number of leading books on social policy including Social Policy in Britain (4th edition, 2014), Welfare Theory and Development (4 volumes, 2011), International Social Policy: Welfare Regimes in the Developed World (2nd edition, 2009), and Understanding Poverty (3rd edition, 2006).His research has covered the fields of poverty and anti-poverty policy, social security, and the role of the UK third sector. Tina Haux is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK, and a member of the Qstep team at Kent. Her main research interests are family policy, welfare-to-work, social justice, evidence-based policy-making and, increasingly, longitudinal research methods. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Impact of Social Policy Scholars (2017). Margaret May is Honorary Research Fellow in Social Policy and a member of the Centre for Household Asset and Savings Management (CHASM) at the University of Birmingham, UK. A past chair of the Social Policy Association, she has been teaching and researching in social policy for over thirty years and has edited and co-authored a number of leading books in the field, including Social Policy in Britain (fourth edition, 2014) and The Blackwell Dictionary of Social Policy (Blackwell, 2002). Her research interests include occupational and private welfare, employment policy, and human resource management. Sharon Wright is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where she teaches social and public policy, specializing in the policy process; policy, politics and power; and work, welfare, and the politics of reform. Her international research interests are in the lived experiences of poverty, social security, welfare reform, and the implementation of employment services at street-level. She is co-editor of Understanding Inequality, Poverty and Wealth: Policies and Prospects (2008), and is currently conducting a major new study entitled `Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support, and Behaviour Change'.


"A comprehensive and masterly introduction to the subject which will be widely used by teachers and students." "David Donnison, Professor Emeritus at the University of Glasgow"

"The range of material included is extensive and detailed, drawing on a vast range of sources and perspectives. There is a concerted effort to include issues around race, nationality and migration in the mainstream discussions of policies and contexts." "SAGE race relations abstracts"

"Publication of [this book] is a significant development for social policy studies in Britain. This is certainly a book I hope my students will buy, and benefit from." "David Hirst, University of Wales, Bangor"

"This is a comprehensive volume that gives an excellent general overview of the subject of social policy. It will soon become a strongly recommended text on many social policy courses." "Alan Clarke, University of Surrey"

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