The Third Edition of this widely adopted textbook has been thoroughly revised and offers an authoritative and up-to-date coverage of the key theories, concepts and issues in social policy. The lively and readable text has been designed to provide students with the essential tools to gain a clear understanding of the theoretical debates surrounding the discipline.
The book is organized into three parts:
* Part One offers a detailed but accessible critique of major theoretical approaches such as neo-liberalism, Marxism, feminism and racism;
* Part Two explores conceptual debates such as distributive justice and postmodernism;
* PArt Three engages with contemporary social policy issues such as children, pensions and the role of New Labour.
It also features newly commissioned chapters to reflect recent developments and current debates within social policy. New areas of consideration include:
* The politics of food
Student exercises and reading lists feature throughout the text and practical examples are skilfully used to illustrate conceptual and theoretical material, making it the ideal core textbook for undergraduate social policy students, as well as those studying related welfare modules across the social sciences.
THEORETICAL APPROACHES Neo-Liberalism and Social Policy Towards a `New' Social Democracy Marxism and Welfarism Feminist Critiques of Social Policy Racism and Social Policy CONCEPTUAL DEBATES IN SOCIAL POLICY Distributive Justice and Social Policy Citizenship, Social Solidarity and Social Policy Cultural Turns, Post-Structuralism and Social Policy Living in a Material World Postmodernism and Social Policy SOME CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL POLICY ISSUES Children, Social Policy and the State The Dichotomy of Care and Control `Demographic Time Bomb', or `Apocalyptic Demography' The Great Pensions Debate Social Policy and the Politics of Food Wage Supplementation, Social Policy and the State From then Old Poor Law to New Labour New Labour and the Management of Welfare Globalization and Social Policy