Social Policy Review provides students, academics and all those interested in welfare issues with critical analyses of progress and change in areas of major interest during the past year.
Contributions reflect key themes in the UK and internationally. The first part of the collection focuses on developments and change in core UK social policy areas. Part two provides in-depth analyses of topical issues from both UK and international perspectives, while this year's themed section examines 'Gender and policy'.
Tony Maltby is CROW Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce at the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (England and Wales). His research interests embrace the range of work, income and the social policy of later life. Patricia Kennett is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and Senior Lecturer in Comparative Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research includes work on issues relating to governance and public policy; the welfare state and citizenship in comparative perspective; housing, homelessness and social exclusion. Kirstein Rummery is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Stirling. Her research interests include gender, welfare partnerships and governance and issues concerning citizenship, social participation and access to services.
Introduction ~ Tony Maltby, Patricia Kennett and Kirstein Rummery; Part One: Current developments: A year of transition in post-compulsory education and training ~ Alastair Thomson; Planning for infrastructure and housing: is sustainable development a dream? ~ Roberta Blackman-Woods; Towards a new pension settlement? Recent pension reform in the UK ~ Debora Price; Climate change and climate change policy in the UK 2006-7 ~ Carolyn Snell; Policy for older people in Wales ~ Gill Windle and Alison Porter; Part Two: Current debates: Flexibility or flexploitation? Problems with work-life balance in a low-income neighbourhood ~ Hartley Dean; The role of confidence and identity in civic participation: exploring ethnic group differences ~ Nahid Ahmad; The problem of riches: is philanthropy a solution or part of the problem? ~ Beth Breeze; Policy from the pitch? Soccer and young refugee women in a shifting policy climate ~ Catherine Palmer; Social citizenship in post-liberal Britain and post-corporatist Germany: curtailed, fragmented, streamlined, but still on the agenda ~ Ingo Bode; Part Three: Engendering policy and politics: Gender and New Labour: after the male breadwinner model? ~ Gillian Pascall; A review of engendering policy in the EU ~ Jill Rubery; Forming Australian families: Gender ideologies and policy settings ~ JaneMaree Maher; Working fathers as providers and carers: towards a new conceptualisation of fatherhood ~ Alison Smith.