Irish Social Policy: A Critical Introduction

Irish Social Policy: A Critical Introduction

by Fiona Dukelow, Mairead Considine

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ISBN-13: 9781447329626
Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date: 07/15/2017
Edition description: Critical
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Fiona Dukelow and Mairéad Considine are lecturers in the School of Applied Social Studies at University College Cork.

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes viii

Abbreviations x

Notes on authors xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

Introduction 1

Introducing social policy 1

About this book 3

A brief outline of the book 5

Part I Approaching Irish social policy: from the past to the present 7

1 From the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century: the emergence of social policy in Ireland 9

Section 1 Early social policy measures in Ireland 10

Section 2 Irish social policy developments after 1800 13

Section 3 Advances in Irish social policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century 23

2 From the 1920s to the 1970s: the development of social policy in Ireland 29

Section 1 The 1920s to the late 1950s: the early decades of independence and the development of social policy 30

Section 2 The late 1950s to the late 1970s: economic growth, social change and the gradual expansion of social policy provision 43

3 Irish social policy from the 1980s to the present: challenges, continuities and changes 53

Section 1 Economic crisis and the social challenges of the 1980s 54

Section 2 The 1990s and 2000s: new times and a new Ireland? 60

Section 3 The return of economic crisis and austerity 68

Part II Explaining social policy: politics, ideology and welfare states 77

4 Social policy and the welfare state: origins, developments and reform 79

Section 1 The emergence of welfare: key developments of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 80

Section 2 Emerging welfare states: the early and mid-twentieth century 87

Section 3 Welfare states and adaptation, retrenchment, and reform: from the late-twentieth century to the present 96

5 Political ideologies, welfare and social policy 111

Section 1 Understanding perspectives on welfare 112

Section 2 Political ideologies, welfare and social policy 117

6 Contemporary challenges for social policy and welfare states: Ireland in a wider context 141

Section 1 Analysing contemporary challenges for the welfare state 142

Section 2 Social policy and the EU: from subsidiarity, to fiscal surveillance, economic stability and social investment? 151

Section 3 Challenges and contradictions impinging on the Irish welfare state 163

Part III Analysing Irish social policy I: social services 173

7 Social protection policy 175

Section 1 Social protection: definitions, values and systems 176

Section 2 The development of social protection in Ireland 186

Section 3 From the 1990s to the present: reform and contemporary issues in Irish social protection policy 192

8 Health policy 205

Section 1 Healthcare concepts, healthcare systems and recent trends 206

Section 2 The development of the Irish healthcare system 215

Section 3 The contemporary system: reform since the 1990s and continuing issues and challenges 223

9 Education policy 239

Section 1 Equality of opportunity and education policy 240

Section 2 The development of education policy in Ireland 248

Section 3 Education since the 1990s: an overview 255

10 Housing policy 271

Section 1 An overview of housing policy 272

Section 2 The historical development of housing policy in Ireland 280

Section 3 Irish housing policy since the mid-1990s: contemporary issues and developments 287

Part IV Analysing Irish social policy II: social groups, social policy and sustainability 301

11 Social policy and social groups: needs, rights and recognition 303

Section 1 Social groups, recognition and citizenship 304

Section 2 Children and Irish social policy 306

Section 3 Older people and Irish social policy 314

Section 4 People with disabilities and Irish social policy 320

Section 5 Caring, carers and Irish social policy 327

12 Social policy and social groups: issues of diversity and discrimination 335

Section 1 Immigration and Irish social policy 336

Section 2 Travellers and Irish social policy 352

Section 3 LGBT people and Irish social policy 362

13 Social policy, the environment and sustainable development 371

Section 1 Social policy and environmental concerns 372

Section 2 Sustainable development and climate change 377

Section 3 Social policy, transport and the environment 385

References 395

Index 455

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