The Student's Companion to Social Policy / Edition 3

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Thoroughly updated to reflect policy changes and innovations, the third edition of The Student's Companion to Social Policy continues to provide students with the most comprehensive introduction to contemporary British social policy available today.
  • Offers a completely new section reflecting the impact of globalization on the welfare state
  • Is written by a distinguished team of educators and scholars in the forefront of social policy studies
  • 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
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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 Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

Margaret May is Principal Lecturer Teaching and Learning and Human Resource Management, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Karen Rowlingson is Professor of Social Policy and Director of Research at the Institute of Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Table of Contents




Part I: Concepts and Approaches:.

1. The Subject of Social Policy: Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham).

2. Methods and Approaches in Social Policy Research: Saul Becker (University of Nottingham).

3. History and Social Policy: David Gladstone (University of Bristol).

4. Social Needs, Social Problems, Social Welfare and Well-being: Nick Manning (University of Nottingham).

5. Equality, Rights and Social Justice: Peter Taylor-Gooby (University of Kent).

6. Efficiency, Equity and Choice: Carol Propper (University of Bristol).

7. Altruism, Reciprocity and Obligation: Hilary Land (University of Bristol).

Part II: Key Perspectives:.

8. Neo-Liberalism: Nick Ellison (University of Leeds).

9. The Conservative Tradition: Robert Pinker (London School of Economics).

10. Social Democracy: Robert M. Page (University of Birmingham).

11. The Socialist Perspective: Hartley Dean (London School of Economics and Political Science).

12. Third Way Perspectives: Martin Powell (University of Birmingham).

13. Feminist Perspectives: Jane Lewis (London School of Economics).

14. Green Perspectives: Michael Cahill (University of Brighton).

15. Postmodernist Perspectives: Tony Fitzpatrick (Nottingham University).

Part III: Context:.

16. Divisions and Difference: Sharon Wright (University of Stirling).

17. Poverty and Social Exclusion: Pete Alcock (University of Birmingham).

18. The Distribution of Welfare: John Hills (London School of Economics).

19. Social Policy and Economic Policy: Colin Hay (University of Sheffield).

20. Culture and Nationhood: Fiona Williams (University of Leeds).

21. Social Policy and Family Policy: Jane Millar (University of Bath).

22. The Political Process: John Hudson (University of York).

23. Evidence and Evaluation: Stephen Harrison (University of Manchester) and Ruth McDonald (University of Manchester).

Part IV: Welfare Production and Provision:.

24. State Welfare: Catherine Bochel (University of Lincoln).

25. Commercial Welfare: Christopher Holden (Brunel University).

26. Occupational Welfare: Margaret May ((London Metropolitan Business School)).

27. Voluntary Welfare: Jeremy Kendall (University of Kent).

28. Informal Care: Caroline Glendinning (University of York) and Hilary Arksey (University of York).

29. Paying for Welfare: Howard Glennerster (London School of Economics).

30. Citizenship and Access to Welfare: Ruth Lister (Loughborough University).

Part V: Welfare Governance:.

31. Managing and Delivering Welfare: John Clarke (Open University).

32. Accountability for Welfare: Janet Newman (Open University).

33. Welfare Users and Social Policy: Peter Beresford (Brunel University).

34. Local and Regional Government and Governance and Social Policy: Guy Daly (Coventry University) and Howard Davis (Warwick Business School).

35. Social Policy and Devolution: Richard Parry (University of Edinburgh).

36. Social Policy and the European Union: Linda Hantrais (Loughborough University).

37. Social Policy and Supranational Governance: Nicola Yeates (Open University).

Part VI: Welfare Services:.

38. Income Maintenance and Social Security: Stephen McKay (University of Birmingham) and Karen Rowlingson (University of Birmingham).

39. Employment: Alan Deacon (University of Leeds).

40. Healthcare: Rob Baggott (De Montfort University).

41. Education in Schools: Anne West (London School of Economics and Political Science).

42. Lifelong Learning and Training: Claire Callender (Birkbeck, University of London).

43. Housing: Alan Murie (University of Birmingham).

44. Social Care: Jon Glasby (University of Birmingham).

45. Criminal Justice: Tim Newburn (London School of Economics).

Part VII: Services for Particular Groups:.

46. ‘Race’ and Social Welfare: Lucinda Platt (University of Essex).

47. Children: Tess Ridge (University of Bath).

48. Young People: Bob Coles (University of York).

49. Older People: Alan Walker (University of Sheffield) and Tony Maltby (NIACE).

50. Disability: Mark Priestley (University of Leeds).

51. Migrants and Asylum-seekers: Alice Bloch (City University).

Part VIII: International Issues:.

52. The Role of Comparative Study in Social Policy: Margaret May (London Metropolitan Business School).

53. Globalization and Social Policy: Rob Sykes (Sheffield Hallam University).

54. Social Policy in Europe: Jochen Clasen (University of Edinburgh).

55. Social Policy in Liberal Market Societies: Michael Hill (University of Newcastle upon Tyne).

56. Social Policy in East Asian Societies: Michael Hill (University of Newcastle upon Tyne).

57. Social Policy in Developing Societies: Patricia Kennett (University of Bristol).

Appendix 1: Careers and Postgraduate Study in Social Policy.

Appendix 2: The Social Policy Association (SPA).


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