The Student's Companion to Social Policy / Edition 1

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This essential COMPANION introduces students to the scope and structure of social policy and its relationship with other disciplines. As a guide to theory and ideology, the book examines the provision and delivery of social policies and the organization and analysis of welfare services, provides study resources, and explores graduate study and a range of both specialist and non-specialist careers. 320 pp.
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"The Student's Companion to Social Policy is a good basic text and is designed to be used as a resource for ongoing consultation throughout a student's study. It is relatively accessible and - in many of its chapters - thought provoking. Used in conjunction with other texts it will prove a book worth purchasing by students." LATISS - Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631202400
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 417
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Social Administration at the University of Birmingham.

Angus Erskine is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Stirling.

Margaret May is Principal Lecturer in Social Policy at London Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I What Is Social Policy? 1
I.1 The Subject of Social Policy 3
I.2 The Approaches and Methods of Social Policy 11
I.3 The Role of Comparative Study 17
I.4 History and Social Policy 25
Pt. II Values and Perspectives 31
II.1 Social Needs, Social Problems and Social Welfare 35
II.2 Equality, Rights and Social Justice 42
II.3 Efficiency, Equity and Choice 48
II.4 Altruism, Reciprocity and Obligation 55
II.5 Divisions, Difference and Exclusion 63
II.6 The Neo-liberal Perspective 71
II.7 The Conservative Tradition of Social Welfare 78
II.8 The Social Democratic Perspective 85
II.9 The Socialist Perspective 92
II.10 The Third Way 100
II.11 Feminist Perspectives 107
II.12 'Race' and Social Welfare 113
II.13 The Green Perspective 121
II.14 Postmodernism and New Directions 127
II.15 Social Policy and Economic Policy 137
II.16 Social Policy: Culture and Nationhood 146
II.17 Social Policy and Family Policy 153
II.18 Social Policy and Globalization 160
II.19 Social Policy and the Political Process 167
Pt. III The Production, Organization and Consumption of Welfare 173
III.1 State Welfare 177
III.2 Private Welfare 184
III.3 The Voluntary Sector 191
III.4 Informal Welfare 200
III.5 Managing and Delivering Welfare 209
III.6 The Governance of Local Welfare 217
III.7 Social Policy within the United Kingdom 225
III.8 Social Policy and the European Union 234
III.9 Supranational Agencies and Social Policy 241
III.10 Paying for Welfare 253
III.11 Principles of Welfare 260
III.12 The Distribution of Welfare 267
III.13 Accountability for Welfare 276
Pt. IV Issues in Social Policy 285
IV.1 Children 289
IV.2 Young People 296
IV.3 Older People 303
IV.4 Disabled People 312
IV.5 Lone Parents 318
IV.6 Migrants 325
IV.7 Income Protection and Social Security 335
IV.8 Employment 342
IV.9 Health Care 348
IV.10 Education 355
IV.11 Housing 362
IV.12 The Personal Social Services and Community Care 370
IV.13 Criminal Justice 378
Pt. V Resources 385
V.1 Doing Projects in Social Policy 389
V.2 Fieldwork Placements and the Social Policy Curriculum 395
V.3 Guide to the Literature 407
V.4 Data Sources in the UK: National, Central and Local Government 417
V.5 Other Sources of UK Data 428
V.6 European and International Data Sources 436
V.7 The Internet and Web-based Sources 443
Pt. VI Careers in Social Policy 451
VI.1 Careers and Postgraduate Study in Social Policy 453
App The Social Policy Association (SPA) 468
Index 469
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