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Irish Social Policy

A Critical Introduction

Fiona Dukelow and Mairéad Considine

Irish Social Policy

Fiona Dukelow and Mairéad Considine

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

432 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447329626 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447329619 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
When the first edition of Irish Social Policy was published in 2009, Ireland’s enduring economic crisis was only beginning to emerge. In the time since, nearly all areas of Irish social policy have been significantly affected, as policy makers have sought to combat the numerous, multifaceted social challenges posed by Ireland’s economic downfall. Retaining the first edition’s original structure and the same highly accessible style, this second edition of Irish Social Policy is fully updated and revised to reflect these dramatic shifts. Needs and risks associated with recession and economic precarity have escalated, while social services have simultaneously been forced to cope with significant cutbacks and restructuring. Changes in the landscape of policy making processes and policy drivers are also occurring, as are shifts in the politics and ideas underpinning Ireland’s social policy. Particularly timely in light of these ongoing changes, this imperative book offers a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to social policy in the evolving Ireland of today.
Contents
List of figures, tables and boxes
Abbreviations
Notes on authors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Introducing social policy
About this book
A brief outline of the book
Part I: Approaching Irish social policy: from the past to the present
One From the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century: the emergency of social policy in Ireland
Section one: Early social policy measures in Ireland
Section two: Irish social policy developments after 1800
Section three: Advances in Irish social policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
Two From the 1920s to the 1970s: the development of social policy in Ireland
Section one: The 1920s to the late 1950s: the early decades of independence and the development of social policy
Section two: The late 1950s to the late 1970s: economic growth, social change and the gradual expansion of social policy provision
Three Irish social policy from the 1980s to the present: challenges, continuities and changes
Section one: Economical crisis and the social challenges of the 1980s
Section two: The 1990s and 2000s: new times and a new Ireland?
Section three: The return of economic crisis and austerity
Part II: Explaining social policy: politics, ideology and welfare states
Four Social policy and the welfare state: origins, developments and reform
Section one: The emergence of welfare: key developments of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Section two: Emerging welfare states: the early and mid-twentieth century
Section three: Welfare states and adaptation, retrenchment, and reform: from the late-twentieth century to the present
Five Political ideologies, welfare and social policy
Section one: Understanding perspectives on welfare
Section two: Political ideologies,w elfare and social policy
Six Contemporary challenges for social policy and welfare states: Ireland in a wider context
Section one: Analysing contemporary challenges for the welfare state
Section two: Social policy and the EU: from subsidiarity, to fiscal surveillance, economic stability and social investment?
Section three: Challenges and contraditioncs impinging on the Irish welfare state
Part III: Analysing Irish social policy I: social services
Seven Social protection policy
Section one: Social protection: definitions, values and systems
Section two: The development of social protection in Ireland
Section three: From the 1990s to the present: reform and contemporary issues in Irish social protection policy
Eight Health policy
Section one: Healthcare concepts, healthcare systems and recent trends
Section two: The development of the Irish healthcare system
Section three: The contemporary system: reform since the 1990s and continuing issues and challenges
Nine Education policy
Section one: Equality of opportunity and education policy
Section two: The development of education policy in Ireland
Section three: Education since the 1990s: an overview
Ten Housing policy
Section one: An overview of housing policy
Section two: The historical development of housing policy in Ireland
Section three: Irish housing policy since the mid-1990s: contemporary issues and developments
Part IV: Analysing Irish social policy II: social groups, social policy and sustainability
Eleven Social policy and social groups: needs, rights and recognition
Section one: Social groups, recognition and citizenship
Section two: Children and Irish social policy
Section three: Older people and Irish social policy
Section four: People with disabilities and Irish social policy
Section five: Caring, carers and Irish social policy
Twelve Social policy and social groups: issues of diversity and discrimination
Section one: Immigration and Irish social policy
Section two: Travellers and Irish social policy
Section three: LGBT people and Irish social policy
Thirteen Social policy, the environment and sustainable development
Section one: Social policy and environmental concerns
Section two: Sustainable development and climate change
Section three: Social policy, transport and the environment
References
Index
 
Review Quotes
Bryan Fanning, University College Dublin
"Irish Social Policy is an outstanding resource that addresses a wide range of areas of social policy in the Republic of Ireland. It is essential reading for students and professionals interested key issues affecting twenty-first-century Irish society as well as understanding these in a historical context."
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