"Look no further for the essential social policy primer. Accessible and bang up–to–date analysis and commentary by leading experts in their fields. Invaluable." — D avid Brindle , Public Services Editor, The Guardian
The fourth edition of TheStudent's Companion to Social Policy maintains the text's inimitable and best-selling approach. Written by a wide range of experts in the field, it has been extensively updated and revised to take account of recent developments and debates and changing political and economic configurations.
- Includes an additional five chapter section on the key themes and issues in the development of social policy in the UK since the nineteenth century
- New to this edition are chapters addressing emergent areas in the discipline, new illustrative material, problem-centred review questions, and a dedicated website
- Provides students with a ‘Companion' which is so comprehensive that it can be used throughout their undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies
- Meets the needs both of those specializing in social policy or policy-related occupations and the wide range of students studying it as part of other programmes
- Enhanced by a website, featuring student resources including chapter overviews, study questions, videos, resource guides, and more
From the Back Cover
The fourth edition of The Student′s Companion to Social Policy maintains the text’s inimitable and best–selling approach with extensive updates and revisions which take account of recent developments and debates, and changing political and economic configurations. Written by experts in the field, this title provides students with a base from which to explore critically the key perspectives and debates within and on social policy, the main options nationally and internationally, and the policy challenges and choices facing contemporary societies. It continues to offer students the most up–to–date, comprehensive synoptic guide to, and reference on, the issues that they are likely to encounter in studying social policy in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The new edition includes: A five–chapter section on key themes and issues in the history and development of UK social policy since the nineteenth century, including the New Labour governments of the twenty–first century New chapters addressing Equalities and Human Rights, Demographic Change, Religion and Social Policy, Taxation and Welfare, Social Policy in Middle Eastern Societies, and a revised coverage of the implications of economic policy and the debate over globalization New problem–centred end–of–chapter review questions There is also a dedicated web site to promote and support students′ independent learning and the development of skills in policy analysis, research, and evaluation.
About the Author
Pete Alcock is Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. Margaret May is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy and CHASM, University of Birmingham Sharon Wright is Deputy Head of Sociology, Social Policy , and Criminology and lecturer, in the School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling.