Providing a short and lively introduction for all students new to social policy, this text analyses how healthcare and education, jobs and money and even physical and emotional security are mediated through social policy
This thoroughly updated new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social policy, and addresses its historical, theoretical and contextual foundations. Divided into four sections, it opens with a survey of the socio-economic, political and governmental contexts within which social policy operates, before moving on to look at the historical development of the subject. The third section examines contemporary aspects of providing welfare, whilst the final part covers European and wider international developments. The text explores the major topics and areas in contempora.
"Written by leading experts in the field, this text explores the major topics and areas in contemporary social policy, including health and social care, housing, work, education, disability, crime and criminal justice, the welfare state and examines the socio-economic, political and governmental contexts within which social policy operates. "--
"This chapter analyses the Europeanization of German social policy, focusing on the sectors of old-age pensions and health care. It argues that indirect EU effects rather than direct pressures have mattered. These indirect effects have amplified global and domestic pressures on German social policy arrangements. Their impact has been differential, as they have been mediated by properties of the policy sector and by political institutions. European integration has contributed to the transformation in pension generosity and finances by making the status quo-generous public pensions-more difficult to sustain and by making the alternative-a partial transition to private funded pensions-more attractive. The EU was not causally important with regard to reforms weakening the male-breadwinner orientation of the pensions system, although the previous system did not fit well with EU gender equality policies. European integration has contributed to the incremental changes in health care only indirectly and marginally. Since 1975, the traditional German social model has lost coherence, but has not yet been replaced by a new model. EU pressures have been too weak to foster a fully fledged transformation of social policy and too diffuse to lead to convergence towards a European social model. There are good reasons to believe, however, that European integration will matter more in social policy in the next decade." (author's abstract)
How does sociology make sense of contemporary social policy? How has social policy engaged in sociological debates and developments? In what ways are social policy researched and represented? This book is meant for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, social policy, and the social sciences.