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In this short introduction, suitable for students at any level, Hartley Dean explains the extraordinary scope and importance of social policy. He explores its foundations and contemporary significance; the principal issues it addresses and their diverse economic, political and sociological dimensions, and concludes by looking at the fundamental challenges facing social policy in a dramatically changing world.
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‘Hartley Dean’s short introduction breathes new life into the study of social policy. Lively and entertaining, the book demonstrates the importance of social policy in tackling the big issues which affect our lives today: essential concerns, such as health, money and relationships; and pressing matters, such as poverty, the environment and crime. It provides a welcome reminder of the possibilities social policy offers for improving human wellbeing in the twenty-first century and should excite and enthuse all students approaching the subject for the first time.’

Polly Toynbee

‘In this engaging and articulate book Dean has managed to capture in print the passion which has drawn him to the study of social policy. In a wide-ranging and informative account he explains what social policy is and why it is so important, and in so doing he provides inspiration for new generations of students and scholars to follow his example.’

Professor Pete Alcock, University of Birmingham

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745634357
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Polity Short Introductions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hartley Dean is senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables
  • List of Boxes
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. What is Social Policy?
  • Hey, big spender!
  • Butterflies vs. Magpies
  • Who cares?
  • A good life
  • Summary
  • 2. Where did it come from?
  • From barbarianism to civilisation?
  • The making of capitalism
  • The taming of capitalism
  • Welfare and ideology
  • Summary
  • 3. Why on Earth does it matter?
  • The threat of globalisation?
  • Welfare regimes
  • Ecology and human welfare
  • Global Social Policy
  • Summary
  • 4. What does human wellbeing entail?
  • Health and education
  • Income maintenance and employment
  • Housing and the environment
  • The 'personal' social services
  • Summary
  • 5. Who gets what?
  • Sharing public goods
  • Where's the money?
  • Principles of distribution
  • How does it all pan out?
  • Summary
  • 6. Who's in control?
  • The problem of power
  • Street-level organisation and local governance
  • The nation state and the policy process
  • Regional governance
  • Summary
  • 7. What's the trouble with human society?
  • Diversity and difference
  • Class and identity
  • Inequality and exclusion.
  • Social change and the life course
  • Summary
  • 8. Can Social Policy solve social problems?
  • The (de-)construction of problems
  • The righting of wrongs
  • Blaming the victim?
  • Crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Summary
  • 9. How are the times a-changing?
  • The crisis of welfare
  • The 'new' Social Policy
  • Welfare pluralism and new managerialism
  • Post-modernity and 'risk society'
  • Summary
  • 10. Where is Social Policy going?
  • Welfare without the state?
  • An anti-capitalist agenda
  • A Third Way consensus?
  • A politics of needs interpretation
  • Summary
  • References
  • Index
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