International Social Policy: Welfare Regimes in the Developed World / Edition 2

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Overview

International Social Policy 2e provides an accessible and structured look at social policy in a global comparative context. With detailed explanations of the historical, political and social context of policy developments across thirteen nations, the book offers an authoritative picture of social policy across the developed world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230573192
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

PETE ALCOCK is Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Social Policy in Britain 3e (2008) and Understanding Poverty 3e (2006) and co-editor of The Students Companion to Social Policy 3e (2008), and The Blackwell Dictionary of Social Policy (2002). He is past chair of the Social Policy Association and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy.

GARY CRAIG is Professor of Social Justice, Head of the Centre for Research in Social Inclusion and Social Justice, and Associate Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, at the University of Hull, UK. He is co-author/editor of Community Empowerment, Social Justice and Public Policy and Community Work in Theory and Practice. He is past Secretary of the Social Policy Association.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix

Notes on the Contributors xi

List of Abbreviations xv

Introduction and Acknowledgements Pete Alcock Gary Craig xvii

1 The International Context Pete Alcock Gary Craig 1

2 An American Welfare State? John Clarke (with Frances Fox Piven) 25

3 Canada: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Ernie S. Lightman Graham Riches 45

4 Australia: From Wage-Earners to Neo-Liberal Welfare State Lois Bryson Fiona Verity 66

5 New Zealand: From Early Innovation to Humanizing the Market Judith Davey Sandra Grey 88

6 The United Kingdom: Constructing a Third Way? Pete Alcock 109

7 Sweden: Between Model and Reality Tapio Salonen 130

8 Germany: A Centrist Welfare State at the Crossroads Lutz Leisering 148

9 Italy: Still a Pension State? Valeria Fargion 171

10 Russia: State Socialism to Marketized Welfare Nadia Davidova Nick Manning 190

11 Japan: Constructing the 'Welfare Society' Takafumi Ken Uzuhashi 210

12 Korea: Rescaling the Developmental Welfare State? Huck-ju Kwon 231

13 China: The Art of State and Social Policy Remodelling Ka Lin 247

14 South Africa: Transition Under Pressure Francie Lund 267

Index 287

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