Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861349576 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349583 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Making social policy work

Edited by John Hills, Julian Le Grand, and David Piachaud

Making social policy work

Edited by John Hills, Julian Le Grand, and David Piachaud

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

296 pages
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861349576 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861349583 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Social policy is now central to political debate in Britain. What has been achieved by efforts to improve services and reduce poverty? What is needed to deliver more effective and popular services to all and increase social justice? How can we make social policy work? These are some of the questions discussed in this new and wide-ranging collection of essays by a distinguished panel of leading social policy academics. The book covers key issues in contemporary social policy, particularly concentrating on recent changes. It examines the history and goals of social policy as well as its delivery, focusing in turn on the family and the state, schools, higher education, healthcare, social care, communities and housing. Redistribution is also examined, exploring child poverty, pension reform and resources for welfare.The essays in this collection have been specially written to honour the 70th birthday of Howard Glennerster whose pioneering work has been concerned not only with the theoretical, historical and political foundations of social policies but, crucially, with how they work in practice. It is a collection of primary importance for those working in and interested in policy and politics in a wide variety of fields and for students of social policy, public policy and the public sector.
Contents

Introduction ~ John Hills, Julian Le Grand and David Piachaud

Part One: The aims of social policy
Principles, Poor Laws and welfare states ~ Jose Harris
Welfare: what for? ~ Tania Burchardt

Part Two: Delivering social policy
Families, individuals and the state ~ Jane Lewis
Schools, financing and educational standards ~ Anne West
Financing higher education: tax, graduate tax or loans? ~ Nicholas Barr
Quasi-markets in healthcare ~ Julian Le Grand
Social care: choice and control ~ Martin Knapp
Neighbourhood renewal, mixed communities and social integration ~ Anne Power

Part Three: Redistribution: between households over time
Between areas: The restructuring of redistribution ~ David Piachaud
Pensions, public opinion and policy ~ John Hills
Distributing resources ~ Tony Travers 

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