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The Short Guide to Social Policy [Paperback]

John Hudson , Stuart Lowe , Stefan Kühner
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3 Jun 2008
What is social policy? Why is it important to you? Social policy is the means by which we improve the welfare and well-being of society. It determines how we support and care for disadvantaged people, who educates our children, why some countries have free healthcare, when people receive benefits, and what we should do about poverty, homelessness, ill-health and a multitude of other social problems and inequalities.This short but systematic introductory text offers a clear and concise overview of the 'five pillars' of social policy: social security, employment, education, health, housing. Specifically designed for students who are new to the study of social policy, this short guide: outlines the basics of social policy; explains key policy goals and how welfare is delivered; uses case studies from around the world to illustrate key debates and explore policy dilemmas; highlights key terms and concepts throughout; and, provides readers with quick reference summaries and guides to further reading. Whether starting a degree in social policy or studying a single module in the subject at any level, this clear and accessible guide, written by experienced authors and teachers, is indispensable reading.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press (3 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847420613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847420619
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an ideal source of basic information, covering current debates and controversies and explaining concepts simply without over-simplifying them. It is an excellent introduction to social policy." --Robert Adams, Professor of Social Work, University of Teesside

"This well-written and accessible text steps outside the usual concerns of the UK welfare state to deliver a highly original perspective focusing on key goals, delivery mechanisms and policy dilemmas. This makes it the ideal introduction and 'short guide' to social policy." --Martin Powell, University of Birmingham

About the Author

Dr John Hudson is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of York. Dr Stefan Kühner is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of York. Dr Stuart Lowe is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of York. Together they have extensive experience of teaching and researching social policy across wide range of policy fields.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 25 Feb 2010
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Interesting book, which is easy to read and understand. It doesn't only focus on social policy in the UK and covers many other countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true lifeline 22 Oct 2008
By J hay
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After changing courses at uni to social policy and only having a summer to cover the whole of a first year of a socail policy course, i can safely say this book is what got me through the expiriance.

As a student with learning difficulties it was wondeful to find a clear and simple break down of social policy issues which i felt was imeadiatly acessable.

It was also a confidence boosting little book, as while trying to get through a standard companion to social policy can be a long stresful and confusing process, the short guide is readable and engaging.

Highly recomended as a introductory textbook, for new social policy students, "modules outside of main disipline"students , current social policy students who want a good summarising text/ essay referances and students who find the heavier texts overwealming.

Highly recomended!!
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It is a reasonable price that area , is worthy for what you paid for. It is a reasonable price that area , is worthy for what you paid for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy guide to the subject 19 May 2013
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A useful guide to a subject on my degree, very helpful for referencing whilst writing assignments, found it highly useful
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short it is 30 Jan 2011
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Okay, what did you expect. Some kind of long guide...That said, and despite a few elements of usefulness, overall a bit of a waste of money. The usefulness is the European comparisons but for a 1st year social work student needing a bit more critique of perspectives, not terribly readable.
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