Social Policy Review 24
Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2012
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
This edition of Social Policy Review marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication from the UK Social Policy Association. Since its inception, Social Policy Review has been devoted to up-to-date and diverse coverage of the best social policy scholarship. Including a special anniversary preface, this three-part volume offers an analysis of current developments under the UK’s coalition government, an examination of the social policy of developing countries in Africa and the Middle East, and an investigation of the fate of social welfare countries worst-hit by the economic crisis.
Notes on contributors
40th anniversary preface
Part One: Current developments
1. Universal credit: overview and gender implications
2. Family support and the Coalition: retrenchment, refocusing and restructuring
3. Housing, the welfare state and the Coalition government
4. The 2012/13 reforms of higher education in England: changing student finances and funding
5. Division and opposition: the Health and Social Care Bill 2011
Part Two: Social policy in the developed and developing worlds
6. Immigrant-targeted activation policies: a comparison of the approaches in the Scandinavian welfare states
Karen Nielsen Breidahl
7. Welfare retrenchment under Left and Right government leadership: towards a consolidated framework of analysis?
8. From black hole to spring: the coming age of social policy in the Arab countries?
9. China's developmental model in Africa: a new era for global social policy?
Marian Urbina Ferretjans and Rebecca Surender
Part Three: Severe crisis: social policy in most challenging circumstances
10. The Greek welfare state in the age of austerity: anti-social policy and the politico-economic crisis
Theodoros Papadopoulos and Antonios Roumpakis
11. From opportunity to austerity: crisis and social policy in Spain
Javier Ramos-Díaz and Albert Varela
12. From financial crisis to welfare retrenchment: assessing the challenges to the Irish welfare state
Mairéad Considine and Fiona Dukelow
13. The Great Recession and US social policy: from expansion to austerity
Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan
14. Seeking refuge in the Nordic model: social policy in Iceland after 2008