The second edition of this textbook provides an accessible and structured look at social policy in a global comparative context. With detailed explanations of the historical, political and social context of policy developments across thirteen nations, the book offers an authoritative picture of social policy across the developed world. The book considers core areas of policy provision alongside contemporary international concerns, such as globalisation, demographic change and economic reform. Specifically, it examines policy in the following nations:
Written and edited by leading social policy experts in each country, this is an invaluable contribution to the study of global social policy and an indispensable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers.
PETE ALCOCK is Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Social Policy in Britain 3e (2008) and Understanding Poverty 3e (2006) and co-editor of The Student's Companion to Social Policy 3e (2008), and The Blackwell Dictionary of Social Policy (2002). He is past chair of the Social Policy Association and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy. GARY CRAIG is Professor of Social Justice, Head of the Centre for Research in Social Inclusion and Social Justice, and Associate Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, at the University of Hull, UK. He is co-author/editor of Community Empowerment, Social Justice and Public Policy and Community Work in Theory and Practice. He is past Secretary of the Social Policy Association.
Introduction and Acknowledgements; P.Alcock& G.Craig.- The International Context; P.Alcock& G.Craig.- An American Welfare State?; J.Clarke with F.F.Piven.- Canada: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?; E.Lightman& G.Riches.- Australia: From Wage-Earners to Neo-Liberal State; L.Bryson& F. Verity.- New Zealand: From Early Innovation to Humanising the Market; J.Davey& S.Grey.- The United Kingdom: Constructing a Third Way?; P.Alcock .- Sweden: Between Model and Reality; T.Salonen.- Germany: A Centrist Welfare State at the Crossroads; L.Leisering.- Italy: Still a Pension State?; V.Fargion.- Russia: State Socialism to Marketised Welfare; N.Davidova& N.Manning.- Japan: Constructing the 'Welfare Society'; T.Uzuhasi.- Korea: Rescaling the Developmental Welfare State; H.Kwon.- China: The Art of State and Social Policy Remodelling; K.Lin .- South Africa - Transition Under Pressure; F.Lund