The Third Edition of this widely adopted textbook has been thoroughly revised and offers an authoritative and up-to-date coverage of the key theories, concepts, and issues in social policy. This lively and readable text has been designed to provide the essential tools to understand the main theoretical debates surrounding the discipline.
The book is organized into three sections:
Section One offers a detailed but accessible critique of major theoretical approaches such as neo-liberalism, Marxism, feminism and racism;
Section Two explores conceptual debates such as distributive justice and postmodernism;
Section Three engages with contemporary social policy issues such as children, pensions and the role of New Labor;
The new edition of also features newly commissioned chapters to reflect recent developments and current debates within social policy. New areas of consideration include citizenship; post-structuralism; the politics of food; and globalization.
Student exercises and reading lists feature throughout the text and practical examples are skillfully used to illustrate conceptual and theoretical material. Social Policy: Theories, Concepts and Issues is a core textbook for undergraduate social policy students, as well as those studying related welfare modules across the social sciences
Chapter Three: Towards a ‘New’ Social Democracy
Any selection of a range of issues deemed to be worthy of inclusion in an undergraduate text of this nature is bound to be arbitrary to some extent. In this section we look at some pressing social policy issues (Chapter 12 looks at the ‘pensions crisis’ and Chapter 13 the question of food policy that is developing as a major social problem); we look at questions of age-related social policy and welfare (Chapter 12 on pensions and Chapter 11 on children and young people); the impact of ‘neo-liberal’ policy within Britain (Chapter 15 on the management of welfare) and internationally (Chapter 16 on globalisation), and look at a very traditional form of benefit which has come ...