The Student's Companion to Social Policy / Edition 3

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The third edition of The Student's Companion to Social Policy continues to set the standard for introductory textbooks on social policy. Written by a distinguished team of educators and scholars in the forefront of social policy studies, the latest edition of this bestselling text includes an entirely new section that reflects the growing impact of globalization on the welfare state and importance of international analysis.

Insightful new chapters confront a variety of contemporary concerns, including divisions and difference, poverty and social exclusion, local and regional governance, users of welfare and more. In addition, all remaining contributions have been thoroughly updated to take into account policy innovations and any recent developments and issues in academic debate and policy. Students everywhere will rely on this invaluable companion for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, inspiration and guidance throughout their studies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Student's Companion to Social Policy is the essential text for all social policy students. This new edition has been significantly revised and extended to provide a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date review of all the key social policy issues facing us today." (Social Policy Association)

"With a rapidly changing policy context, the study of social policy becomes ever more important. With contributions from sixty of the leading experts in the subject this new edition of the best-selling Student's Companion remains the key source of reference for all who want to study Social Policy." (Polly Toynbee, columnist, The Guardian)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405169011
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. 

Margaret May is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy and CHASM, University of Birmingham 

Sharon Wright is Deputy Head of Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology and lecturer, in the School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling.

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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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