Social justice and social policy in Scotland offers a critical engagement with the state of social policy in one of the devolved nations of the UK, a decade after the introduction of devolution.
Promoting greater social justice has been held up as a key vision of successive Scottish administrations since devolution began. It is argued throughout this important book that the analysis of Scottish social policy must therefore be located in wider debates around social injustice as well as about how the devolution process affects the making, implementation and impact of social policy.
Social justice and social policy in Scotland focuses on a diverse range of topics and issues, including income inequalities, work and welfare, criminal justice, housing, education, health and poverty, each reflecting the themes of social inequality and social justice.
This book will be essential reading for academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners as well as students of social policy and of society in Scotland and other devolved nations.
"This work analyses developments in a comprehensive range of Scottish social policies, addressing key and controversial issues. It makes an invaluable contribution to demonstrating the importance of devolution for the contemporary analysis of social policy." Derek Birrell, University of Ulster
"Bold and considered treatment of controversial subjects...this book provides rigorous analysis of progress made so far towards the stated aims of social justice and social policy in Scotland." International Review of Scottish Studies
" Mooney and Scott have brought together a range of contributions that demonstrate the challenges Scotland faces, and the possibilities and constraints in different policy arenas that are available to its policy makers and citizens. This book offers important lessons for Scottish and wider UK social policy and will be required reading for students, policy makers and practitioners. " Kirstein Rummery, University of Stirling
"It is the central concern with issues of social inequality and social justice that binds this collection of papers on key areas of social policy in contemporary Scotland and makes it so compelling. This is an invaluable text not only for those in Scotland but for all concerned with developments in social policy across the devolved UK and elsewhere." Charlotte Williams, Keele University
Gerry Mooney is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology in the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University in Scotland. He has written widely on issues relating to social policy and urban studies. Together with Gill Scott, he is editor of Exploring Social Policy in the 'New' Scotland, Policy Press, 2005.
Gill Scott is Emeritus Professor of Social Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has extensively researched and written on many key areas of social policy making in the Scottish and European contexts.
Chapter 1: Devolution, social justice and social policy: the Scottish context ~ Gerry Mooney and Gill Scott; Chapter 2: Between autonomy and dependency: state and nation in devolved Scotland ~ Alex Law; Chapter 3: Income and wealth inequalities in Scotland since 1997; Carlo Morelli and Paul Seaman; Chapter 4: From social inclusion to solidarity: anti-poverty strategies under devolution ~ Stephen Sinclair and John H. McKendrick; Chapter 5: Regeneration policy and equalities issues ~ Gill Scott; Chapter 6: Migration, 'race' equality and discrimination: a question of social justice ~ Philomena de Lima; Chapter 7: Health policy and health inequalities ~ Lynne Poole; Chapter 8:The coming of age of Scottish social services? ~ Sue Dumbleton and Mo McPhail; Chapter 9: Education policies and social justice ~ Margaret Arnott and Jenny Ozga; Chapter 10: Policies for young people in contemporary Scotland: A 'lost generation'? ~ Eddy Adams; Chapter 11: Criminal justice, social inequalities and social justice ~ Hazel Croall; Chapter 12: Working Scotland ~ Christine Bertram and Sharon Wright; Chapter 13: Social housing and homelessness policies: reconciling social justice and social mix ~ Kim McKee and Danny Phillips; Chapter 14: Environmental justice: a question of social justice? ~ Eurig Scandrett; Chapter 15: Conclusion: towards a new phase of devolution? ~ Gill Scott and Gerry Mooney