Published in association with the SPA, Social Policy Review 27 draws together international scholarship at the forefront of addressing concerns that emphasise both the breadth of social policy analysis, and the expanse of issues with which it is engaged.
Contributions to this edition focus on the effects of financialisation on services and care provision, policies to address deficiencies in housing and labour markets, and ways in which the study of social policy may need to develop to respond to its changing material concerns.
A themed section explores the place of comparative welfare modelling in the context of change over the last quarter of a century to consider where scholarship has been and where it might be going.
"A one-stop shop for key contemporary social policy debates, along with a timely retrospective on the ‘three worlds of welfare capitalism’. Essential reading for all those interested in social policy." Karen Rowlingson, Birmingham University
Zoe Irving is Senior Lecturer in Comparative, International and Global Social Policy at the University of York. Her current research interests include the welfare impact of the politics of austerity and the relationship between size and shape in welfare states.
Menno Fenger is associate professor of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is currently is the project manager of INSPIRES, an EU-FP7 funded research programme and his research focuses on processes of long-term policy change.
John Hudson is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy & Social Work at the University of York. His main interests are in the areas of comparative social policy, political economy of welfare and the policy making process.
Part One: Continuities and change in UK social policy;
Britain’s hunger crisis: where’s the social policy? ~ Hannah Lambie-Mumford;
Social security policy and low wages in austere times ~ Chris Grover;
Responsibilisation of everyday life: housing and welfare state change ~ Stuart Lowe and Jed Meers;
‘The end of local government as we know it’ – what next for adult social care? ~ Jon Glasby;
Part Two: Contributions from the Social Policy Association Conference 2014;
Towards the Welfare Commons: contestation, critique and criticality in social policy ~ Fiona Williams;
New keys for old doors: breaking the vicious circle connecting homelessness and reoffending ~ Graham Bowpitt;
Embedded neglect, entrenched abuse: market failure and mistreatment in elderly residential care ~ Joe Greener;
What variety of employment service quasi-market? Ireland’s JobPath as a private power market ~ Jay Wiggan;
Part Three: 25 years after The three worlds of welfare capitalism: a retrospective;
Applying welfare regime ideal types in empirical analysis: the example of activation ~ Deborah Rice;
What if we waited a little longer? The dependent variable problem: within the comparative analysis of
the welfare state revisited ~ Stefan Kühner;
The welfare modelling business in the East Asian welfare state debate ~ Gyu-Jin Hwang;
The role of regime-type analysis in OECD work on social policy and family ~ Dominic Richardson.