9780745645841

What is Social Policy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745645841

  • ISBN10:

    0745645844

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-09-14
  • Publisher: Polity Pr

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Summary

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; ethnic, racial, and gender inequalities; 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 Biography

Daniel Bland is Canada Research Chair in Public policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan campus)

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. vi
Preface & Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Social Policy and the Welfare Statep. 9
The United States in International Contextp. 44
Welfare State Developmentp. 66
Retrenchment and Restructuringp. 93
Looming Challengesp. 120
Conclusionp. 151
Notesp. 157
Referencesp. 161
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