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Introducing Social Policy

2nd Edition

By Cliff Alcock, Guy Daly, Edwin Griggs


576 pages

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The completely revised second edition of this highly respected textbook provides a comprehensive yet digestible and accessible introduction to the theoretical foundations, development and crucial areas of contemporary concern in social policy and welfare. Fully up to date, it provides a concise but thorough overview of the context for the provision of social welfare in contemporary Britain and beyond. Providing an integrated framework to highlight the relationships between theory, policy and practice, Introducing Social Policy examines social policy from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It therefore encourages a broad understanding of the importance of the subject within social policy itself, as well in social work, healthcare, education and beyond.

Table of Contents

Authors and Contributors

Guided Tour



1. Introduction – What is Social Policy?

Introduction to Part 1

Part 1: Historical development of welfare

2. Welfare before the state

3. The Welfare State Years: Consensus and Conflict

Concluding comment to Part 1

Introduction to Part 2

Part 2: Contemporary welfare

4. A ‘crisis’ of the welfare state

5. Making Policy

6. The Governance of Social Policy

7. Welfare within a Fragmented State - Devolved Social Policy

8. Paying for welfare

Concluding comment to Part 2

Introduction to Part 3

Part 3: Theorising and Researching Welfare

9. Political theory, the state, and welfare

10. Ideology, the state and welfare in Britain

11. Doing Social Research

Concluding comment to Part 3

Introduction to Part 4

Part 4: Welfare themes

12. Health Policy

13. Social Care

14. Housing Policy

15. Education

16. Work and Employment Policy

17. Pensions Policy

18. Family Policy

19. Social Divisions and Equal Opportunities Policies

20. Crime and Criminal Justice

21. The Living Environment

22. International Social Policy: Globalisation And The European Union

Concluding comment to Part 4


Glossary of terms


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare