Explores how social policy is made and by whom, focusing on debates about what counts as a social problem, and on conflicts over ideals, power and resources in the framing of policy solutions. Social policy is shown to be dynamic, flexible and provisional, and the opportunities for human service practitioners are emphasised.
Social policy can be a powerful vehicle for positive social change. This book explores how social policy is made and by whom, focusing on debates about what counts as a social problem, and on conflicts over ideals, power and resources in the framing of policy solutions. Social policy is shown to be dynamic, flexible and provisional, and the opportunities for human service practitioners to engage in the processes of making and implementing social policy for social change are emphasised.
Barbara Fawcett is Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney. And Honorary Research Professor at the University of Bradford. Previously she was Head of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bradford. To date, she has published eight books and her research interests include the interface between theory, policy and practice in the fields of mental health, disability, postmodern feminism, community work and action research. Susan Goodwin teaches and researches in the area of social policy and policy studies. She has held positions in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney and at the University of Queensland. She has also worked in policy and practice in public sector and in non-government community based organisations. Gabrielle Meagher is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research explores the economic, political and social organisation of social services and social services work in rich democracies. Current projects focus on the evolution of the caring professions, the growing role of for-profit providers in social services in Australia and Sweden, and public opinion on social policy. Ruth Phillips is a senior lecturer in social work and policy studies at the University of Sydney. Previously, Ruth worked in social policy and women's interests at the state government level. Her research interests include global social policy, feminism and the third sector. Ruth's previous edited book explored intergenerational change and social policy in Australia and South Korea, in 2007.
Acknowledgements About the authors Preface Chapter One Social policy and social change Chapter Two Making social policy: Maps and mechanisms Chapter Three Politics: Conflicts over ideas and resources Chapter Four Values: Social policy and contested domains Chapter Five Economics: Who pays, who benefits and how much? Chapter Six Organizations: Which should provide human services? Chapter Seven People: Who implements social policy? Chapter Eight Evidence: The role of research in policy and practice Chapter Nine Changing social policy: Reorientation through social inclusion Chapter Ten Changing social policy: Radical Interventions Chapter Eleven Changing social policy: Reinvigoration through the community Chapter Twelve Conclusion
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