Why we need welfare explains the challenges that collective welfare faces, and explores the complexities delivering it, including debates about who benefits from welfare and how and where it is delivered. The primary focus is on the UK but it also draws on international examples from Europe and other OECD countries.
Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Administration at the University of Birmingham. Pete has taught and researched social policy for over thirty years, moving to Birmingham in 1998, where he has held a number of posts, including Head of the School of Social Sciences and Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC). He is author and editor of a number of leading books on social policy including The Student's Companion to Social Policy 5e (2016). His research has covered the fields of poverty and anti-poverty policy, social security, and the role of the UK third sector.
Introduction; What do we mean by welfare?; How should we deliver welfare?; Where should planning and delivery take place?; Who benefits from welfare?; What challenges does welfare face?; Conclusion: a new approach to collective welfare.