4th Edition

Social Policy

Edited By Hugh Bochel, Guy Daly Copyright 2021
    630 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    630 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This thoroughly revised and expanded new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social policy and addresses its historical, theoretical and contextual foundations as well as contemporary policy issues relating to health, education and welfare as well as the impact of Brexit.

    Divided into four parts, it opens with a survey of the socio-economic, political and governmental contexts within which social policy operates, before moving on to look at the historical development of the subject. The third section examines contemporary aspects of providing welfare, whilst the final part covers European and wider international developments. The text explores the major topics and areas in contemporary social policy, for example:

    • work and welfare;
    • education;
    • adult health and social care;
    • children and families;
    • crime and criminal justice;
    • health;
    • housing;
    • race;
    • disability;
    • social care;
    • and includes new chapters on class as well as comparative social policy.

    Issues are addressed throughout in a lively and accessible style, and examples are richly illustrated to encourage the student to engage with theory and content and to help highlight the relevance of social policy in our understanding of modern society. It is packed with features including ‘Spotlight’, ‘Discussion and review’ and ‘Controversy and debate’ boxes, as well as further readings and recommended websites. A comprehensive glossary also provides explanations of key terms and abbreviations.

    This is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in social policy and related subjects such as criminology, health studies, politics, sociology, nursing, youth and social work.

    List of figures and tables
    List of contributors

    1. Introducing Social Policy
    Hugh Bochel and Guy Daly

    Part 1: Context

    2. The Socio-economic Context of Social Policy
    Nick Ellison

    3. The Politics and Governance of Social Policy
    Catherine Bochel, Hugh Bochel and Guy Daly

    4. Paying for the Welfare State and Taxation in the UK
    Sally Ruane and Dave Byrne

    5. Devolution and Social Policy
    Sharon Wright and Mark Simpson

    6. Research, Evidence and Social Policy
    Hugh Bochel and Guy Daly

    Part 2:  The Development of Social Policy

    7. The Development of Social policy, 1800–1945
    Bernard Harris

    8.  Conservative Governments and the Welfare State since 1945
    Robert M. Page

    9. Labour Governments and the Welfare State since 1945
    Robert M. Page

    Part 3: Themes and Issues

    10. Income Maintenance, Taxation, Pensions.
    Stephen McKay and Karen Rowlingson

    11. Employment and Labour Market Reforms: Towards a Residual Safety Net?
    Anne Daguerre

    12. Education
    Hugh Bochel and Guy Daly

    13. Adult Health and Social Care
    Jon Glasby and Guy Daly

    14. Social Policy and Class
    Stephen Crossley

    15.  Children and Families
    Harriet Churchill

    16.  Youth Justice: Changing Institutions, Changing Contexts
    Peter Squires

    17.  Health Policy
    Martin Powell

    18. Housing Policy
    Guy Daly and Brian Lund

    19. 'Race', Ethnicity and Social Policy
    Norman Ginsburg

    20.  Gender and Social Policy
    Kirstein Rummery

    21. Disability and Social Policy
    Alan Roulstone with Hugh Bochel

    Part 4: European and International Developments

    22. The European Union and Social Policy
    Jonathan Hobson and Harry Cowen

    23.  Globalisation and Social Policy
    Harry Cowen, Demelza Jones and Kasia Narkowicz

    24. Conclusions
    Hugh Bochel and Guy Daly  



    Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln, UK.

    Guy Daly is Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, UK.