Social Policy: Theory and practice is a fully revised, updated and extended edition of a bestselling social policy textbook, extensively reworked and adapted to meet the needs of its international readership. The book lays out the architecture of social policy as a field of study, binding the discussion of theory to the understanding of social policy in practice. It aims to provide students and practitioners with a sense of the scope, range and purpose of the subject while developing critical awareness of problems, issues and common fallacies.
Written in an accessible and engaging style, it explains what social policy is and why it matters; looks at social policy in its social context; considers policy, the role of the state and the social services; explores issues in social administration and service delivery; and focuses on the methods and approaches of the subject. For practitioners, there are discussions of the techniques and approaches used to apply social policy in practice. For students, there are boxes raising issues and reviewing case studies, questions for discussion and a detailed glossary.
The book’s distinctive, path–breaking approach makes it invaluable for students studying social policy at a range levels, professionals and practitioners in the field of social policy.
Socialpolicy for practice
Skills for socialpolicySocialpolicy as a professional role
Socialpolicy as public service
Socialpolicy as an ethical activity
Any adequate understanding of socialpolicy has to be able to identify
the implications of policies for practice. There are three main areas
of applied policy work: policy formation, public management, and
• Policy formation The formation and development of policy
depends on knowledge of the specific subject area and ideas
The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the annual Social Policy Review even more critical than before.
This comprehensive volume addresses critical debates throughout the international social policy field over the past year with a key focus on responses to COVID-19 and implications for social policy. Expert contributors address important issues including foodbanks, caring for older family members, lockdowns around the globe, gender, technology and migration during a pandemic.
Published in association with the Social Policy Association, this annual review is fundamental reading for students and academics in social policy, social welfare and related disciplines.
With a contemporary overview of global social policy formation, the third edition of this leading textbook identifies key issues, debates and priorities for action in social policy across the Global South and North.
Accessible and lively, it incorporates seven new chapters covering theory, social justice, climate, migration, gender, young people and water, energy and food. The original chapters have also been fully updated to reflect major developments in the fast-changing world of global social policy. Key features include:
• overview and summary boxes to bookend each chapter;
• questions for discussion and follow-up activities;
• further reading and resources.
Exploring what it means to locate human welfare within a global framework of social policy analysis and action, this textbook offers a perfect guide for curious students.
The field of social policy has a rich history but policies on the ground are undergoing intensive change. Governments around the world are responding to political, economic and financial pressures, many of them linked to the global economic crisis. National agendas typically have social policy at or close to the centre.
This latest edition of Social Policy Review presents an up-to-date and diverse review of the best in social policy scholarship. It brings together research by an exciting range of internationally renowned authors and examines important debates in British and international social policy. This edition includes a special focus in the third part on work, employment and insecurity.
Social Policy Review is essential reading for social policy academics and students and for anyone who is interested in the social and economic implications of government policy.
introduction: the nature of
The nature of socialpolicySocialpolicy and the academic disciplines
The uses of theory
The nature of socialpolicy
What is socialpolicy?
Socialpolicy begins with the study of the social services and the
welfare state. It developed from ‘social administration’, a field devoted
to preparing people for work in the social services in practice. One of
the best known descriptions of the field comes from David Donnison:
The teaching of Social Administration began in Britain before
Theorising global socialpolicy
Nicola Yeates and Chris Holden
Global socialpolicy demands new theories to account for its development and the
different forms it takes. This chapter reviews different ways of theorising global socialpolicy. It distinguishes between social theories concerned with the impacts of global
socialpolicies on welfare outcomes and social theories concerned with why global
socialpolicy takes the forms that it does. We focus on the latter. First, we consider the
possibility of globalising theories of national welfare