Social Policy: A Conceptual and Theoretical Introduction

Social Policy: A Conceptual and Theoretical Introduction

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Overview

The Second Edition of this widely adopted text has been completely revised, to provide an up-to-date and accessible introduction to social policy. The text outlines the conceptual and analytical tools essential to the understanding and investigation of social policy in any society, enabling the student to engage with the theoretical debates surrounding the discipline.

Social Policy introduces and reviews key theoretical approaches used in social policy analysis, considering competing interpretations based on social democracy; neo-liberalism and Marxism. It outlines radical critiques that address inequalities of gender, race, sexuality ad age in welfare provision, and goes on to examine the issues and debates of social justice, citizenship, poverty and universalism versus selectivism. Throughout there are a range of theoretical and practical tasks to aid the students.

Social Policy is a core textbook for students of social policy and welfare in universities, colleges and professional training courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761969525
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/29/2002
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THEORETICAL APPROACHES
Towards a new Social Democracy?
Neo-liberalism and Social Policy
Marxism and Social Welfare
PART TWO: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
Feminist Critiques of Social Policy
Racism and Social Policy
Social Policy and Homosexuality
Postmodernism and Welfare
A Critique
PART THREE: ISSUES AND DEBATES
Distributive Justice and Social Policy
What's In A Name? Poverty, The Underclass and Social Exclusion
New Labour and Managerialism
Privatizing the Welfare State?
Ageing
Population and Pensions
Children, Social Policy and the State
Universalism or Selectivism? The Provision of Services in the Modern Welfare State

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