Bringing together leading experts, this textbook explores the key social, political, economic and moral challenges that environmental problems pose for social policy in a global context. Combining theory and practice with an interdisciplinary approach, the book reviews the current strategies and policies and provides a critique of proposed future developments in the field.
Understanding the environment and social policy guides the reader through the subject in an accessible way using chapter summaries, further reading, recommended webpages, a glossary and questions for discussion.
Providing a much-needed overview, the book will be invaluable reading for students, teachers, activists, practitioners and policymakers.
Tony Fitzpatrick is Reader at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the co-editor of the journal Policy & Politics and was the principal editor of the three-volume International Encyclopaedia of Social Policy (2006). His other recent books include Voyage to Utopias (Policy Press, 2010) and the second edition of Welfare Theory (2011).
Contents: Introduction; Part One: Challenges: The environmental challenge; The challenge to society; The challenge to governance; The challenge to social policy ~ Tim Doyle; Part Two: Responses: Environmental ethics and philosophies; Mainstream environmental politics; Assessing social democratic and free market capitalisms ~ Lorraine Elliott; Radical environmental politics ~ Tony Fitzpatrick; Part Three: Policies: Poverties and inequalities ~ Elizabeth Stanton; Planning and the urban environment ~ Stephen M. Wheeler; Health and quality of life ~ Glenda Verrinda; Employment and income; Citizenship and social care ~ Sherilyn MacGregor; Transport and infrastructure ~ Michael Cahill; Administration and policy-making ~ Peter Christoff.