Social policy theory and practice
Society and Social Policy: Theories and Practice of Welfare by Ramesh Mishra
Social policy: Theory and practice by Paul Spicker (Paperback, 2014)
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His research has included studies of poverty, need, disadvantage and service delivery. Social Policy : Theory and Practice. Paul Spicker. This fully revised, updated, and extended edition of a bestselling social policy textbook lays out the architecture of social policy as a field of study, combining theoretical discussions with discussions of social policy in practice. Paul Spicker provides readers with a sense of the scope, range, and purpose of social policy studies and helps foster a critical awareness of the problems that can beset it. He explains what social policy is and why it matters, looks at policy in a social context, considers the role of the state and social services in the larger public, and explores issues in administration and service delivery, all while surveying various methods and approaches to social policy studies. This third edition is the only general book on social policy written to meet the needs of an international readership.
The subtitle of the new edition of Social Policy, Theory and practice , is accurate. The book is organized in four parts: a study of society welfare, inequalities, social problems and responses to them, needs, and indicators , policy how policy-making works, models of welfare, principles and values, strategies, policy analysis , the organization and delivery of welfare welfare sectors, public services and bureaucracies, service delivery, recipients, administration , and methods and approaches research, evidence, application. The book is comprehensive and is an excellent resource for lecturers, students, and researchers. The volume is not a detailed discussion of particular social policy fields. For that, the reader will need to refer to more specialized volumes. What this book does offer is a general education in how to study social policy in order to provide a context for detailed study of particular fields — and sometimes the text boxes provide illustrations of that process.
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