In this fourth edition of the best-selling core introductory textbook, Pete Alcock and Margaret May provide an essential up-to-date guide on social policy. Continuing with the unbeaten narrative style and accessible approach of the previous editions, the authors explore the major topics of social policy in a clear and digestible way. By breaking down the complexities behind policy developments and their outcomes, it demonstrates the relationship between core areas of policy and the society we live in.
Engaging, accessible and comprehensive, this is the ideal book for introductory courses on Social Policy and the perfect companion for practitioners who need to keep up to date and informed about the latest developments in the field.
Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Director of ESRC Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. Margaret May is Honorary Fellow at the School of Social Policy at University of Birmingham, UK. Previously, she was Departmental Learning and Teaching Facilitator at London Metropolitan University.
PART I: WELFARE SERVICES 1. Social Security.- 2. Education.- 3. Health.- 4. Housing.- 5. Social Services.- 6. Employment.- PART II: STRUCTURE 7. The State.- 8. The Market.- 9. The Voluntary Sector.- 10. Informal Welfare.- PART III: CONTEXT 11. Ideologies of Welfare.- 12. Economic Development.- 13. International and European Influences.- 14. Devolution and Local Control.- PART IV: ISSUES 15. Social Divisions.- 16. Paying for Welfare.- 17. Delivering Welfare.- 18. The Future of Social Policy.