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What Is Social Policy?

What Is Social Policy?

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From housing, pensions and family benefits, to health care, unemployment insurance and social assistance, the welfare state is a key aspect of our lives. But social programs are contested political realities that we can't hope to understand without locating them within the big picture.

This book provides a concise political and sociological introduction to social policy, helping readers to grasp the nature of social programs and the political struggles surrounding them. It takes a broad comparative and historical viewpoint on the United States, using an international perspective to contextualize American social policy within the developed world. Provocative and engaging, it offers insight into a wide range of social policy issues such as: welfare regimes, welfare state development, the politics of retrenchment and restructuring; the relationship between social programs and various forms of inequality; changing family and economic relations; the role of private social benefits; the potential impact of globalization; and debates about the future of the welfare state.

What is Social Policy? will be stimulating reading for upper-level students of sociology, political science, public policy, and social work.

Author: Daniel Beland
Publisher: Polity Press
Published: 09/14/2010
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.80w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780745645841

Review Citation(s):
Choice 07/01/2011
Reference and Research Bk News 10/01/2011 pg. 96

About the Author

Daniel Beland is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.

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