Using some of the hottest current debates about the problems and benefits of state-funded welfare, this book develops students’ social science understanding and analytic skills.
Visually and pedagogically rich, this wide-ranging introduction to key concepts and debates in welfare uses an innovative, question-based narrative to highlight the importance of theory to understanding welfare.
In unpacking common questions and assumptions, it teases out how ideas such as neo-liberalism, globalisation and risk have shifted welfare debates. Through its novel structure the book explores the interconnections and overlaps between various concepts, for example how entitlement to support is shaped by debates regarding need, citizenship and equality.
Written by an experienced, innovative and inspiring lecturer this book is suitable for undergraduate students of social policy, sociology, politics, public policy, social work, health and social care and those taking courses on ‘welfare theory’, ‘principles of social policy’, ‘key issues in welfare policy’ and similar courses.
• Introduces concepts that are core to how policy is formulated and implemented
• Provides students with a comprehensive vocabulary and toolkit for analysing policy examples and developing social science arguments
• Includes stimulus material, diagrams, critical thinking questions, further reading lists and a companion website containing further policy examples, podcasts and class activities
Dr Lee Gregory is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. Lee’s research interests include poverty and inequality as well as theoretical and conceptual debates about welfare provision. He is specifically interested in the role of welfare provision in perpetuating and challenging social problems.
What is welfare and why pursue it?;
Who recieves welfare support, and for what?;
Who should provide welfare support?;
Is universal provision sustainable?;
How does policy shape the experience of welfare support?;
Is the welfare state always in crisis?;
How does risk change the welfare state?;
Is social policy about control?;
“Engaging, well-constructed and thoughtful, this is just the book to get students interested and to make them think.” Professor Jane Millar, University of Bath
“Lee Gregory draws on his experience of teaching and his enthusiasm for the subject to provide an engaging and accessible guide to the key debates in Social Policy. Students at all levels will find this an inspiring and reliable introduction to the subject.” Pete Alcock, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Administration, University of Birmingham