Social Policy Review 25

Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2013

Edited by Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoë Irving

Social Policy Review 25

Edited by Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoë Irving

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 14 figures and 13 tables | 6 x 9
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447312741 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
The field of social policy has a rich history, but policies on the ground are undergoing intensive change. Governments around the world are responding to political, economic, and financial pressures, many of them linked to the global economic crisis. National agendas typically have social policy at or close to the center. This latest edition of Social Policy Review presents an up-to-date and diverse review of the best in social policy scholarship. It brings together specially commissioned reviews and research by an exciting range of internationally renowned authors, examining important debates in British and international social policy. This edition includes a special focus on work, employment, and insecurity.

Notes on contributors


      Gaby Ramia

Part One: Contemporary debates and developments in the UK

1 Introducing Universal Credit

      Paul Spicker

2 Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the Coalition government: Green Deal or no deal?

      Carolyn Snell and Harriet Thomson

3 Doctors in the driving seat? Reforms in NHS primary care and commissioning

      Elke Heins

4 Financing later life: pensions, care, housing equity and the new politics of old age

      Debora Price and Lynne Livsey

Part Two: Contributions from the Social Policy Association/East Asian Social Policy Research Network Conference of 2012

5 It’s time to move on from ‘race’? The official ‘invisibilisation’ of minority ethnic disadvantage

      Gary Craig and Maggie O’Neill

6 Corporations as political actors: new perspectives for health policy research

      Ben Hawkins and Anne Roemer-Mahler

7 Square pegs and round holes: extending existing typologies fails to capture the complexities of Chinese social policy

      Dan Horsfall and Sabrina Chai

8 The Earned Income Tax Credit as an anti-poverty programme: palliative or cure?

      Phyllis Jeroslow

9 Social policy and culture: the cases of Japan and South Korea

      Nam K. Jo

10 Load-shedding and reloading: changes in government responsibility – the case of Israeli immigration and integration policy, 2004-10

      Ilana Shpaizman

Part Three: Themed section: work, employment and insecurity

11 ‘What unemployment means’ three decades and two recessions later

      Adrian Sinfield

12 Precarious employment and EU employment regulation

      Julia S. O’Connor

13 How do activation policies affect social citizenship? The issue of autonomy

      Silke Bothfeld and Sigrid Betzelt

14 Modernising social security for lone parents: avoiding fertility and unemployment traps when reformind social policy in Northern Europe

      Anders Freundt, Simon Grundt Straubinger and Jon Kvist

15 Women, families and the ‘Great Recession’ in the UK

      Susan Harkness


Review Quotes
Malcolm Torry, Basic Income News
“The choice of papers is evidence of an increasing internationalisation of the Social Policy Association. . . . All of the chapters address important questions.” 
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