Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447324577 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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The Coalition Government and Social Policy

Restructuring the Welfare State

Edited by Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

The Coalition Government and Social Policy

Edited by Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Distributed for Bristol University Press

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447324577 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447324560 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In May 2015, general elections in the United Kingdom shocked the world as a new Conservative Government was voted into power, ending five years of Coalition governance. Both a response to the actions of the Coalition Government and a reflection on the implications of actions taken during the first hundred days of the new Conservative Government, this book could not be more timely in its assessment of the current and future states of UK social policies. The first book to consider Coalition social policy in its entirety, it not only reviews and evaluates the extent of change under the Coalition—looking at the impact of factors like austerity measures on social policies and politics more broadly—but also draws out what the Coalition years will mean for the incoming government, outlining both the challenges and opportunities of its legacy.
Notes on contributors

1. The transformation of the welfare state? The Conservative—Liberal Democrat coalition government and social policy
Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

2. The coalition government, public spending and social policy
 Nick Ellison

3. The changing governance of social policy
Catherine Bochel

4. The coalition, social policy and public opinion
Andrew Defty

5. Health policy and the coalition government
Rob Baggott
6. The coalition government, the general election and the policy ratchet in education: a reflection on the “ghosts” of policy past, present and yet to come
Patrick L.J. Bailey and Stephen J. Ball

7. Coalition housing policy in England
Peter Somerville

8. Social Security under the coalition and Conservatives: shredding the system for people of working age; privileging pensioners
Stephen McKay and Karen Rowlingson

9. Welfare and active labour market policies in the UK: the coalition government approach
Anne Daguerre and David Etherington

10. ‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’: adult social care under the coalition 
Jon Glasby

11. Family policy: the Mods and Rockers
Rosalind Edwards and Val Gillies

12. One step forward, two steps back: children, young people and the Conservative—Liberal Democrat coalition
Harriet Churchill

13. The coalition and criminal justice
Peter Squires

14. Equalities: the impact of welfare reform and austerity by gender, disability and age
Kirstein Rummery 

15. Social policy, the devolved administrations and the UK coalition government
Derek Birrell and Ann Marie Gray

16. Conclusions
Martin Powell and Hugh Bochel

Review Quotes
Brian Lund, Manchester Metropolitan University
"An informed, engaging and accessible account of the 2010–15 Coalition government’s politics and policies, written by a strong team respected for their social policy expertise."
Tina Haux, University of Kent
“This very timely collection is the first comprehensive analysis of the policies and politics of the UK coalition government. Leading commentators are dissecting rhetoric, actual spending and impact (where possible) of the coalition's policies.”
LSE Review of Books
“A first class introduction to the recent past for anyone intending to study this time period as well as for those simply wanting to check the pulse of the modern British state.”
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