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Social Policy Review 24

Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2012

Edited by Majella Kilkey, Gaby Ramia and Kevin Farnsworth


Jun 20, 2012

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304 pages

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Social Policy Review




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Social Policy Review 24

This edition of Social Policy Review marks the 40th anniversary of a publication from the UK Social Policy Association devoted to presenting an up-to-date and diverse review of the best in social policy scholarship. It includes a special Anniversary Preface celebrating the publication's evolution and distinctive contributions. Continuing its reputation as a cutting edge, international publication in social policy, Part One of this edition analyses current developments under the UK's Coalition Government across a range of key policy areas. Part Two includes an examination of social policy in 'developing' countries, including in Africa and the Arab nations. Part Three considers the fate of social welfare in countries among the worst hit by the 'economic crisis', including: Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Iceland.

Social Policy Review is essential reading for social policy academics and students and for anyone who is interested in the implications of government policy.

"This anniversary edition of SPR brings together a remarkable collection of papers whose coverage is as global as the 'crisis' that the political class seeks to manage. SPR continues to earn its position as a foremost source of international social policy analysis." Nicola Yeates, Open University

Majella Kilkey is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Sheffield. Her current research centres on migration and families.

Gaby Ramia is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. His research is in comparative and international social policy.

Kevin Farnsworth is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Sheffield. His research centres on political economy and welfare systems.

Part One: Current developments ~ Majella Kilkey: Universal Credit: overview and gender implications ~ Fran Bennett; Family support and the Coalition: retrenchment, refocusing and restructuring ~ Harriet Churchill; Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition Government ~ Alan Murie;The 2012/13 reforms of higher education in England: changing student finances and funding ~ Claire Callender; Division and opposition: the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 ~ Sally Ruane; Part Two: Social policy in the developed and developing worlds ~ Gaby Ramia: Immigrant-targeted activation policies: a comparison of the approaches in the Scandinavian welfare states ~ Karen Nielsen Breidahl; Welfare retrenchment under Left and Right government leadership: towards a consolidated framework of analysis? ~ Stefan Keuhner; From black hole to spring: the coming of age of social policy in the Arab countries? ~ Rana Jawad; China's developmental model in Africa: a new era for global social policy? ~ Marian Urbina Ferretjans and Rebecca Surrender; Part Three: Severe crisis: social policy in most challenging circumstances ~ Kevin Farnsworth: The Greek welfare state in the age of austerity: anti-social policy and the politico-economic crisis ~ Theodoros Papadopoulos and Antonis Roumpakis; From opportunity to austerity: crisis and social policy in Spain ~ Javier Ramos Diaz and Albert Varela; From financial crisis to welfare retrenchment: assessing the challenges to the Irish welfare state ~ Mairéad Considine and Fiona Dukelow; The Great Recession and US social policy: from expansion to austerity ~ Daniel Beland and Alex Wadden; Seeking refuge in the Nordic model: social policy in Iceland after 2008 ~ Zoe Irving.