Social Policy for the Twenty-First Century: New Perspectives, Big Issues / Edition 1

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In the new century, governments face three challenges for their social policies. Their efforts to improve their citizens' well-being must be consistent with the development of the world economy, and should if possible enhance the situation of the poorest populations. Their systems for redistribution and public services must be rooted in a convincing version of their own domestic order. And they should be sustainable over time, doing justice to the needs of future generations.

This book shows how social policy can address these big issues, and how they relate to each other in an integrated world economy. Drawing on perspectives and analyses from political and social theory, economics, psychology, migration studies and international relations, Bill Jordan gives a new account of the links between global human development and individual well-being. He analyses the purposes and strategies of international organizations, business corporations and ordinary individuals, using case examples from all over the world.

Essential reading for anyone interested in the future of social policy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In more than 20 books, Bill Jordan has made a uniquecontribution to topical debates in social policy and internationalperspectives on welfare. Social Policy for the Twenty-FirstCentury fits the track record. It is imaginative and wideranging. Jordan has a gift for writing in a way that combineschallenging ideas with readability ... This is an excellentoverview of social policy on the world stage.”
Times Higher Education Supplement

“A tour de force, presenting a powerful criticalanalysis of the most significant and politically important issuesin social policy today. This book deserves to be read by a farwider audience than social policy academics andstudents.”
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law

“Provides rich materials, mostly based on aggregatedcomparative data or impressive case studies, that attain a trulyglobal reach [and] with a comprehensive and far-reaching view onrelevant issues and current trends and puts forward importantanalytical challenges opening the field to social policy theory andempirical research to be developed in the years tocome.”
International Journal of Urban and RegionalResearch

“Bill Jordan's magpie approach to scholarship once againenables him to pick up for scrutiny all the big issues of the day;the impact of the global economy and global policies upon welfaresystems, the conversion of welfare users from citizens intoconsumers, the stalling of well-being and the problems ofsustainability. His creative imagination links all of these issuesand leads him to ask whether cosmopolitanism and a grand globalsocial contract such as implied by a global basic income would bethe way to reconcile individual autonomy, collective belonging andsustainability.”
Bob Deaconm, University of Sheffield

“Social Policy for the Twenty-First Century provides athoughtful and comprehensive analysis of soical policies and theirroles in the transformations in human development, economicdevelopment, social relations, politics, redistribution, and socialjustice in the current intensely globalized era. The volume is mostimpressive in its truly global reach, and in the fascinating casesthat serve as examples of the complex issues of wellbeing andpolicy.”
Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts

“Claims to have captured what is at stake for the socialpolicies of the new century are often hyperbole. Not here. BillJordan's readers are sometimes invited to contemplate a vastlandscape; sometimes required to dive down and explore the localsetails. The ride is always exhilarating. By challenging the'common sense' of the existing welfare consensus Jordan underlinesthe point of academic and political inquiry: to help create thecommon sense of the future.”
Tony Fitzpatrick, University of Nottingham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745636085
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Jordan, Professor, Universities of Plymouth, Huddersfield and London Metropolitan University

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Table of Contents

List of Tables.


Introduction and Themes of the Book.

Part I Social Policy and the Global Economy.

Section 1A Human Development and Redistribution.

Chapter 1 New Models of Human Development.

Chapter 2 The Scope for Redistribution and Social Justice.

Section 1B How the World Works.

Chapter 3 Explaining the New Global Division of Labour.

Chapter 4 Social Policy, Credit and Debt.

Section 1C Commercial Provision of Social Services.

Chapter 5 The Global Market in Services - Health Care.

Chapter 6 The Business Agenda in Education.

Part II Human Well-Being: Autonomy and Membership.

Chapter 7 The Basis for Individualism and Choice.

Chapter 8 The Transformation of Collective Provision.

Chapter 9 The Transformation of Citizenship.

Chapter 10 'Stalled Well-Being'.

Part III Global Social Justice: The Big Issues.

Chapter 11 Community, Morality and Belonging.

Chapter 12 The Role of Social Services in the SocialContext.

Chapter 13 Interdependence, Development and Justice: ACosmopolitan World Order.

Chapter 14 Sustainable Development.




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