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Social Policy: Issues and Developments

provides an engaging, comprehensive introduction to contemporary British social policy. It focuses primarily upon developments since 1997 including coverage of major service areas, ideological and other current debates in the subject.

It combines description and analysis in a clear and straightforward approach, whilst recognising the complexities of contemporary social policy.

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Social Policy: Issues and Developments provides a comprehensive, lively and accessible introduction to contemporary British social policy. It focuses primarily upon developments since 1997 including coverage of major service areas along with ideological and other current debates in the subject. It combines description and analysis in a clear and straightforward approach to the subject, whilst also recognizing the complexities of contemporary social policy. Each chapter is written by a leading specialist in the field to provide informative, expert coverage.

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  • comprehensive coverage of a wide range of major topics in contemporary social policy, including health, housing, work, education, crime and criminal justice, ethics, ‘new’ social policy, neo-liberalism and New Labour
  • examines the political and governmental context within which social policy operates
  • explores the boundaries of social policy and the growing relevance of the subject to our understanding of society
  • examines the main ideological perspectives that have underpinned the development of social policy in the UK and provides a reflection of alternative critiques
  • considers international influences in the form of the European Union and explores the relevance of debates over globalization to social policy
  • gives comprehensive coverage of key areas of contemporary social policy and welfare provision, focusing primarily upon the period since 1997
  • provides a wide range of in-text features help clarify, extend and apply students’ understanding of the fundamental issues. This includes: key issues and policy examples, summaries, discussion and review questions, annotated further reading and weblinks for each chapter, and a glossary.
  • Richly illustrated with tables, figures and cartoons

To explore the online resources, please go to the dedicated companion website at www.booksites.net/bochel

Social Policy: Issues and Developments is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in social policy and is likely to be of relevance to those studying related courses such as criminology, health studies, politics, sociology and social work. It will also be valuable to students taking relevant A-level, BTEC or Access courses.

Catherine Bochel is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Lincoln. Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln. Robert Page is Reader in Democratic Socialism at the University of Birmingham. Rob Sykes is Principal Lecturer in Social Policy at Sheffield Hallam University. All are well known and widely published in their field.

 

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