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Understanding Social Policy / Edition 8
     

Understanding Social Policy / Edition 8

by Michael Hill, Zo? M. Irving
 

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ISBN-10: 1405181761

ISBN-13: 9781405181761

Pub. Date: 02/10/2009

Publisher: Wiley

In the eighth edition of this highly successful text, the authors seek to develop readers’ appreciation of the key substantive areas of social policy but also the context and processes which surround their development.

With case studies reviewing contemporary topics and examples, new chapters, and a greater emphasis on key principles, themes, and issues

Overview

In the eighth edition of this highly successful text, the authors seek to develop readers’ appreciation of the key substantive areas of social policy but also the context and processes which surround their development.

With case studies reviewing contemporary topics and examples, new chapters, and a greater emphasis on key principles, themes, and issues within the policy areas, this revised and updated edition combines an assessment of the breadth of social policy study and considers policy changes since the previous edition.

Written for people who have had no previous training in the social sciences, with the needs of social workers, nurses, health visitors, and other social policy ‘practitioners’ very much in mind, as well as those studying social policy, the eighth edition of Understanding Social Policy brings a classic textbook right up to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405181761
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Seventh Edition.

1. What Is Social Policy?.

Introduction.

Which Policies?.

Conclusions: Studying Social Policy.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

2. The History Of Social Policy:.

Introduction.

Developments Before The Twentieth Century.

1900–1939: An Emergent Welfare State?.

1940–1951: Laying The Foundations Of The Uks Modern System Of Social Policy.

1951–1979: Consolidation And Modification.

1979–1997: The UK Welfare State In Crisis?.

1997–2001: Back From The Crisis?.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

3. The Making Of Social Policy:.

Introduction.

The Representative Government Model.

The Central Government System.

Devolution.

Local Government.

The United Kingdom In Europe.

The Voice Of The People?.

Influences On Policy Making.

Ministerial Power: The Role Of Officials And The Influence Of Outside Groups And Policy Communities.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

4. Implementation:.

Introduction.

Structures For Policy Implementation.

Analysing Policy Implementation.

Issues About The Implications Of The Way Policy Is Formed.

Issues About 'Layers' In The Policy Transfer Process.

Factors Affecting The Responses Of Implementation Agencies.

Horizontal Interorganizational Relationships.

The Social, Political And Economic Environment.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

5. Social Security:.

Introduction.

Contributory Benefits.

Benefits That The State Requires The Employer To Provide.

Non-Contributory, Non-Means-Tested, Contingent Benefits.

Means-Tested Benefits.

Tax Credits.

Statistics On The Benefit System.

The Distinctive Characteristics Of The UK System Of Social Security.

Pension Reform.

Problems About Means-Testing.

Social Security Assumptions About Family Life And Women's Roles.

Social Security Benefit Levels And Poverty.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

6. Employment Policy:.

Introduction.

Characteristics Of The UK Approach To Employment Policy.

The Impact Upon The UK Of European Union Membership.

The Main Employment Policy Measures.

Government Regulation Of Work Conditions And Job Security.

Reducing Unemployment Or Stimulating Employment?.

Employment And Social Policy: A European Future?.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

7. Health Policy:.

Introduction.

The Organization And Management Of The National Health Service.

Patient Access To Health Services.

Management And Professional Accountability.

The Financing Of The Health Service.

Need And The Rationing Of The Health Service.

Equality Of Treatment: The Impact Of The Private Sector.

Equality Of Treatment: Inequalities In Health And Medical Treatment.

Health Policy Or Illness Policy?.

The Representation And Protection Of The Public.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

8. The Personal Social Services:.

Introduction.

Child Protection.

Social Care For Adults.

The Relationship Between Personal Social Services And The Health Service.

Need And Priorities.

Social Work In Social Services Authorities.

The Relationship Between The Personal Social Services And Income Maintenance.

The Role Of The Voluntary Sector.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

9. Education:.

Introduction.

The Main Features Of The School System.

Higher And Further Education.

Child Care.

Control Over The Education System.

The Government And The Curriculum.

Diversity And Selectivity In The Education System.

Education And The Disadvantaged.

The Education Of Ethnic Minorities.

Special Education And Other Welfare Measures.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

10. Housing:.

Introduction.

The Social Housing Sector.

Owner-Occupation.

The Private Rented Sector.

Homelessness.

Housing And Social Exclusion.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

11. UK Social Policy In Comparative Perspective:.

Introduction.

Comparing Spending Levels.

Effectiveness In Social Expenditure.

Classifying Social Policy Systems: Regime Theory.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

12. Social Policy, Politics And Society:.

Introduction.

Social Expenditure In The Context Of National Public Expenditure.

Alternative Perspectives On Social Policy And The State.

The Quest For Efficient And Responsive Modes Of Social Policy Delivery.

Continuing Social Divisions Of Welfare.

Conclusions.

Suggestions For Further Reading.

References.

Index.

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