Contemporary Issues in Public Policy

Series Editors: David Downes, Paul Rock

This series of books is intended to offer accessible, informed and well-evidenced analyses of topical policy issues - from the national health through women’s work to central issues of crime and criminal justice - as a counterweight to the manner in which they tend to be presented in political and public debates. The mass media can be sensationalizing and overly-simple. Many observers and commentators are too engaged politically or professionally to take a dispassionate stand. By contrast, what is offered here is considered expert commentary laid out in a literate and helpful manner. Moreover, in the wake of globalization, the revolution in information technology and new forms of regulation and audit, an immense proliferation of data has occurred which can swamp all but the most experienced and duly skeptical analyst. Providing an excellent core for teaching in social policy, criminology, politics and the sociology of contemporary Britain, the series is also intended for politicians, policy-makers, journalists and other concerned people who wish to know more about the world they live in today.

  • Health and the National Health Service

    2nd Edition

    By John Carrier, Ian Kendall

    The NHS came into existence in an atmosphere of conflict centred on the strong ideological commitment of the Post-war Labour Government and the opposition of the Conservative Party of that time to the idea of a universally available and centrally planned medical care service. There was also…

    Hardback – 2015-09-22
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  • Mental Health and Crime

    By Jill Peay

    Does mental disorder cause crime? Does crime cause mental disorder? And if either of these could be proved to be true what consequences should stem for those who find themselves deemed mentally disordered offenders? Mental Health and Crime examines the nature of the relationship between mental…

    Paperback – 2012-03-20
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  • Immigration, Social Integration and Crime

    A Cross-National Approach

    By Luigi M. Solivetti

    The problem of social control has constituted the acid test for the entire issue of immigration and integration. But whilst recent studies show that the crime rate for non-nationals is three, four or more, times higher than that of the country’s 'own' citizens, academic interest in these statistics…

    Paperback – 2011-08-18
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  • Child Sexual Abuse

    Media Representations and Government Reactions

    By Julia Davidson

    Child Sexual Abuse critically evaluates the development of  policy and legislative measures to control sex offenders. The last fifteen years has seen increasing concern on the part of the government, criminal justice agencies, the media and the public, regarding child sexual abuse. This…

    Paperback – 2008-04-03
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  • UK Election Law

    A Critical Examination

    By Bob Watt

    This book contains a critical analysis of the law and politics governing the conduct of statutory elections in the United Kingdom.  The author argues that elections have now become a marketplace for 'buying' the most seemingly attractive political party on offer into power, rather than an…

    Paperback – 2006-01-09
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  • The Police and Social Conflict

    By Nigel Fielding

    Policing remains one of the most controversial areas of criminal justice. Recent years have seen major changes in every aspect of policing: new constructions of the police mission, new ways of delivering police services and new arrangements for police accountability. The police have had to respond…

    Paperback – 2005-12-20
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  • Key Issues in Women's Work

    Female Diversity and the Polarisation of Women's Employment

    By Catherine Hakim

    Women's employment is one of the most widely-discussed and often-misunderstood issues of modern society.  Are women today oppressed, or do they have the best of both worlds?  Do women have to go out to work to gain equality with men, or do they already do more than their share of domestic…

    Paperback – 2004-09-01
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