What is social policy, and why are welfare systems important? How have they been affected by the global financial crisis?
The fourth edition of this well-respected textbook provides an excellent introduction to social policy in the twenty-first century. Expert contributors examine the development, delivery, and implications of welfare, as well as the social and economic context by which it is shaped. With numerous helpful learning features and an attractive two-colour text design it is an ideal starting point for students new to the subject, and for those looking to take their learning further.
The fourth edition includes three new chapters on the history and development of social policy, making social policy in a global context, and how to research and write about social policy. It is up-to-date with the coalition government's social policy agenda, and offers increased coverage of the important issues of equality, gender, ethnicity, migration, globalization and sustainability.
Social Policy is also supported by an accompanying Online Resource Centre with the following features:
- Updates on recent developments in the field
- Searchable glossary
- Web links
John Baldock is Professor of Social Policy and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Kent Nick Manning is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology and Head of the Institute of Mental Heath at the University of Nottingham Sarah Vickerstaff is Professor of Work and Employment and Deputy Head of the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research at the University of Kent Lavinia Mitton is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent
THE ORIGINS, CHARACTER, AND POLITICS OF MODERN WELFRE SYSTEMS; THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONTEXT OF SOCIAL POLICY; THE FINANCIAL AND ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT OF SOCIAL POLICY; DELIVERING WELFARE; CONSEQUENCES AND OUTCOMES OF SOCIAL POLICY