Paper $44.50 ISBN: 9781447327721 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447327714 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Social Policy in a Cold Climate

Policy, Poverty and Inequality in England

Edited by Ruth Lupton, John Hills, Kitty Stewart, Tania Burchardt, and Polly Vizard

Social Policy in a Cold Climate

Edited by Ruth Lupton, John Hills, Kitty Stewart, Tania Burchardt, and Polly Vizard

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

342 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $44.50 ISBN: 9781447327721 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447327714 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The financial crisis of 2008 led the United Kingdom’s Labour Government to make changes—primarily cuts—to social programs and a wide range of social services. The subsequent Coalition Government followed those changes with much more dramatic cuts. This book offers the first in-depth empirical analysis of the two governments and their approach to social policy in a period of crisis, assessing policy aims, policy implementation, and measurable outcomes.
Contents
Introduction ~ Ruth Lupton, Kitty Stewart, Tania Burchardt, John Hills and Polly Vizard;
Part One:
Benefits, pensions, tax credits and direct taxes ~ John Hills, Paola De Agostini and Holly Sutherland;
Young children ~ Kitty Stewart and Polina Obolenskaya;
Schools ~ Ruth Lupton, Stephanie Thomson and Polina Obolenskaya;
Further and higher education and skills ~ Ruth Lupton, Lorna Unwin and Stephanie Thomson;
Employment policy since the crisis ~ Abigail McKnight;
Housing ~ Rebecca Tunstall;
Health ~ Polly Vizard, Polina Obolenskaya and Emily Jones;
Adult social care ~ Tania Burchardt, Polina Obolenskaya and Polly Vizard;
Part Two:
Public and private welfare ~ Tania Burchardt and Polina Obolenskaya;
Socioeconomic inequalities ~ John Hills and Kitty Stewart;
The changing structure of UK inequality since the crisis ~ John Hills, Jack Cunliffe and Polina Obolenskaya;
Spatial inequalities ~ Ruth Lupton, Polina Obolenskaya and Amanda Fitzgerald;
Part Three:
Summary and conclusion ~ John Hills, Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard

 
Review Quotes
Chris McLachlan, University of Leeds | LSE Review of Books
“The subtext is clear: austerity is damaging the access to, and the quality of, certain services. The authors provide sophisticated levels of analysis in proving this, presenting intricate data on spending levels and its impact since the recession.”
Progress Magazine (UK)
“Objective, thorough analysis of the kind found in this book is important, both for better policy making and for holding politicians of all political colors to account for their promises and record in government. The editors explicitly aim to inform the public debate, looking ‘behind the claims and counter-claims made through the media.’ With the policy agenda of the last government set to continue, their work deserves to be read and consulted widely.”
Frontline Magazine (UK)
"This book offers a reference guide for readers who want facts, figures, and a meticulous analysis of social policy in order to critique the claims that make headline news."
Journal of Social Policy
"An essential addition to the bookshelves of anyone who studies or is involved in UK social policy."
Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University
“Hats off to the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) for another in their invaluable series on whether social policy is meeting its goal of a fairer society. This authoritative account of social policy and well being from 2007 to 2015 is chilling but essential reading.”
Jonathan Portes, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK
“Does the financial crisis and its aftermath represent a key turning point in the history of the UK welfare state? This is an essential resource for anyone interested in UK social policy.”
Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent
“A one-stop shop for an authoritative and measured assessment of the response to the crisis by the Labour Government and of the unfortunate policies of the 2010‒15 Coalition—which is what you’d expect from this team.”
Fran Bennett, University of Oxford
“Analysis of the high quality we have come to expect from these authors—a vital contribution to current debates about the fundamental policy principles and goals of the welfare state.”
Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York, UK
“Another superb assessment of UK social policies, this time in the face of austerity, from the anti-cyclical policies of Labour through to the end of the austerity coalition. So authoritative, resourceful, and speedy!”
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