This fully updated edition of an essential introductory text offers a concise guide to the key structures and concepts in social policy and is now supplemented by unique and innovative digital content that adds depth and provides a truly integrated way of learning. It is accompanied by a digital app, which is free to download and use with the book, that includes short videos with commentary, interactive charts and ‘unboxed’ examples that expand key issues raised in the text, enabling students to engage more deeply with statistical information. The book draws on examples from around the world and focuses on explaining key terms and introducing key debates. Written by experienced authors and teachers, the text explores the five pillars of welfare; social security, employment, education, health and housing, and this new edition adds a further chapter providing an overview of other fields such as criminal justice, social care and family policy. This will be an invaluable resource for students new to social policy.
“An engaging book, which offers students the kind of ‘Cook’s tour’ that only the best teachers have the range and knowledge to deliver.” Paul Spicker, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
"At last, a social policy textbook which builds from the basics to provide a comprehensive overview of the key pillars of the welfare state. Essential reading for all students (and a helpful reminder for those who teach them!)." Jon Glasby, Director, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham
"This is an excellent second edition of a fantastic text, which is accessible, engaging and pitched perfectly for those new to the subject." Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow
John Hudson is Professor of Social Policy, and Stefan Kühner and Stuart Lowe are Senior Lecturers in Social Policy, all in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, UK. Together the authors have extensive experience of teaching and researching across a wide range of policy fields.