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International Social Policy Welfare Regimes in the Developed World 2nd Edition by Pete Alcock

International Social Policy Welfare Regimes in the Developed World 2nd Edition


International Social Policy Welfare Regimes in the Developed World 2nd Edition by Pete Alcock

The second edition of this textbook provides an accessible and structured look at social policy in a global comparative context. With detailed explanations of the historical, political and social context of policy developments across thirteen nations, the book offers an authoritative picture of social policy across the developed world. The book considers core areas of policy provision alongside contemporary international concerns, such as globalisation, demographic change and economic reform. Specifically, it examines policy in the following nations:USACanadaAustraliaNew ZealandUKSwedenGermany ItalyRussiaJapanSouth KoreaChinaSouth AfricaWritten and edited by leading social policy experts in each country, this is an invaluable contribution to the study of global social policy and an indispensable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers.


This text will be an asset to students requiring information and debate about social policy at an international level. - Susan Lawrence, London Metropolitan University, UK

About the Author

PETE ALCOCK is Professor of Social Policy and Administration and Director of the ESRC Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Social Policy in Britain 3e (2008) and Understanding Poverty 3e (2006) and co-editor of The Student's Companion to Social Policy 3e (2008), and The Blackwell Dictionary of Social Policy (2002). He is past chair of the Social Policy Association and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy.GARY CRAIG is Professor of Social Justice, Head of the Centre for Research in Social Inclusion and Social Justice, and Associate Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, at the University of Hull, UK. He is co-author/editor of Community Empowerment, Social Justice and Public Policy and Community Work in Theory and Practice. He is past Secretary of the Social Policy Association.

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Publication date

24th March 2009


Pete Alcock

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


312 pages


Social welfare & social services



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