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Theories of Welfare

1st Edition

By Anthony Forder, Terry Caslin, Geoffrey Ponton, Sandra Walklate


268 pages

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Originally published in 1984 Theories of Welfare looks at theories of social administration developed in different social science disciplines. The book ranges widely and gives concise coverage to the historical and intellectual background in which the theory emerged, the implicit or explicit value assumptions, and account of the most important theoretical concepts and the major criticisms of them, an indication of the relevance to social administration and a guide to further reading.

Table of Contents

1. The Social Sciences and Welfare, Anthony Forder

2. Neo-Classical Micro-Economic Theory, Anthony Forder

3. Macro-Economic Theory, Terry Caslin

4. Marx and Marxism, Sandra Walklate

5. Functionalism, Sandra Walklate

6. Pluralist and Elitist Theories of Political Processes, Geoffrey Ponton

7. The Interactionist Perspective, Sandra Walklate

8. Two Theories of Social Justice, Anthony Forder

9. Explanations of Poverty, Anthony Forder

10. Conclusion, Anthony Forder

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General