This accessible and comprehensive textbook introduces social policy and outlines the conceptual and analytical tools essential to the understanding and investigation of social policy in any society, enabling the student to engage with the theoretical debates surrounding the discipline.
Social Policy introduces and reviews key theoretical approaches used in social policy analysis, considering competing interpretations based on social democracy, neo-liberalism and Marxism. It outlines radical critiques that address inequalities of gender, race, sexuality and age in welfare provision, and examines the issues and debates of social justice, citizenship, poverty and universalism versus selectivism. Throughout, there are a range of theoretical and practical tasks to aid students.
`This is an accessible and commited book. It raises a series of important and challenging questions about the direction being taken by social policy. For that reason it deserves to be read' - Local Government Studies
Introduction - Michael Lavalette and Alan Pratt SECTION ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES Introduction Social Democratic Perspectives on the Welfare State - Kevin Kearns Neo-Liberalism and the Social Policy - Alan Pratt Marx and the Marxist Critique of Welfare - Michael Lavalette SECTION TWO: RADICAL CRITIQUES Feminist Critiques of Social Policy - Kath Woodward Racism and Social Welfare - Laura Penketh and Yasmin Ali Social Policy and Sexuality - Angela R Wilson New Social Movements and Social Policy - Tony Fagan and Phil Lee A Case Study of the Disability Movement SECTION THREE: DEBATES AND ISSUES Social Justice and Social Policy - Andros Loizou Citizenship and Welfare - Mike Wilson Universalism or Selectivism - Alan Pratt The Provision of Services in the Modern Welfare State Poverty and `The Underclass' - Tony Novak Quasi-Markets and the Mixed Economy of Welfare - Gerry Mooney