Exploring social policy in the 'new' Scotland is the first book to integrate the description and analysis of social policy in Scotland since devolution in 1999. It has been designed to support the delivery of social policy and related courses in Scotland itself but also to appeal to students on social policy, politics, sociology, public policy and regional studies courses across the United Kingdom, on which devolution and its impact are examined.
The contributors are all highly experienced researchers and academics from across the social sciences. The book therefore presents a variety of perspectives and approaches with which to consider the key issues. Up-to-date material on a wide range of social policy topics, including work and welfare, health and social work, criminal justice, education, and urban policy, means that the book will be valuable to academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners, as well as students.
"This is an excellent edited collection. A major achievement is that it recognises the accountability of the individual and collective actors complicit in these processes that create and reproduce social inequalities and divisions." Journal of Social Policy
"...this is an excellent book, making a valuable contribution to a 'new' literature on social policy in the 'new' Scotland. This collection will be a key source for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics and policy makers in Scotland and beyond." Urban Studies
"This book is a key source for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics and policy makers who are based in or intersted in social policy in the devolved administrations of the UK, particularly, but not exclusively, in Scotland." Journal of Social Policy
"It is refreshing to have this substantial and trenchant book written from a critical perspective. ... The book will be a useful briefing and stimulus to thought for all involved in Scottish politics and policy... [a] valuable edited collection." Scottish Affairs, No. 56, Summer 2006.
"This is a timely volume on social policy under devolution, based on informed critical analyses. It does not make comfortable reading for those seeking simple governance solutions alone, but offers ideas and visions of an alternative social strategy of relevance and transferability to other devolved territories." Mike Danson, Centre for Contemporary European Studies, University of Paisley
Gerry Mooney is Staff Tutor and Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. He has written widely in the field of social policy, poverty and inequality and in urban studies. Gill Scott is Director of the Scottish Poverty Information Unit and Professor of Social Inclusion and Equality in the School of Law and Social Sciences at Caledonian University. She has extensive research experience in the sociology of poverty, urban regeneration and equalities.
Contents: Introduction ~ Gerry Mooney and Gill Scott; The Scottish Parliament and social policy ~ Lynne Poole and Gerry Mooney; Education and lifelong learning ~ Margaret Arnott; Cities, regions and housing: area-based policy ~ Charlie Johnstone and Chris McWilliams; Family policy, gender and mainstreaming ~ Gill Scott; Criminal justice ~ Hazel Croall; Health policy and social care ~ Steve Platt; Employment, work and welfare in modern Scotland ~ TBC; Social inclusion, poverty and inequality ~ Gill Scott and Gerry Mooney; Social work and social care ~ Iain Ferguson; Racism and immigration ~ Philomena De Lima; Conclusion ~ Gill Scott and Gerry Mooney.