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Social Policy

3rd Edition

Edited by Hugh Bochel, Guy Daly


650 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This thoroughly updated new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social policy, and addresses its historical, theoretical and contextual foundations. Divided into four sections, 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, including:

  • work and welfare
  • education
  • adult health and social care
  • children and families
  • crime and criminal justice
  • health
  • housing
  • race
  • disability

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.

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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Guy Daly and Hugh Bochel Section 1: Context 2. The Socio-Economic Context Nick Ellison 3. The Politics and Governance of Social Policy Catherine Bochel and Guy Daly 4. Devolution Sharon Wright 5. Research and Evidence in Social Policy Part 2: The Development of Social Policy 6. The Development of Social Policy Bernard Harris 7. Conservative Governments and the Welfare State Robert Page 8. Labour Governments and the Welfare State Robert Page Part 3: Themes and Issues 9. Income Maintenance, Taxation, Pensions Steve Mckay and Karen Rowlingson 10. Work and Welfare Edwin Griggs 11. Education Guy Daly and Hugh Bochel 12. Adult Health and Social Care Jon Glasby 13. Children and Families Paul Daniel 14. Crime and Criminal Justice Peter Squires 15. Health Martin Powell 16. Housing Kevin Gulliver and Guy Bochel 17. Race Norman Ginsburg 18. Disability Alan Roulstone 19. Older People Karen West 20. Alternative Approaches Michael Cahill 21. Exploring the Boundaries of Social Policy Catherine Bochel Section 3: European and International Developments 22. European Union Harry Cowen 23. Comparative Harry Cowen 24. Globalisation Harry Cowen 25. Conclusions

About the Editors

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

Guy Daly is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy