Comparative Social Policy

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August 2001



* What are the social policy processes and outcomes across different societies?
* How are these shaped by social and economic conditions?
* What are the limitations and potential of cross-national research?

Comparative Social Policy explores the new context of social policy and considers how cross-national theory and research can respond to the challenges facing welfare. These challenges include changing demographic trends and economic conditions which have been accompanied by the emergence of new needs and risks within and across societies. This book extends and deepens cross-national research by exploring the theoretical and conceptual frameworks through which social policy and welfare systems have been understood. It critically examines different policy processes and welfare outcomes, as well as the ethnocentricism and cultural imperialism which has permeated cross-national epistemology and methodology. The author concludes by reflecting on how cross-national research can illuminate the complex and diverse processes leading to discrimination and inequality across borders. This leads to a consideration of how it can contribute to the implementation of welfare provision appropriate to the social and economic conditions of contemporary societies. Comparative Social Policy is an essential text for undergraduate and masters level students of social policy, and an invaluable reference for researchers embarking on cross-national social research.


Series editor's foreword
Series editor's foreword
Globalization and social policy
Defining and constructing the research process
Theory and analysis in cross-national social policy research
Development, social welfare and cross-national analysis
Ethnicity, gender and the boundaries of citizenship
The future of comparative social policy research


Patricia Kennett is a lecturer in comparative policy studies in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She has published material on the comparative dimensions of homelessness, citizenship and social exclusion, as well as the coping strategies of households with negative equity. Her current research interests include homelessness and social welfare in Japan; housing in the Asia Pacific region; and comparative welfare systems.
EAN: 9780335201235
ISBN: 0335201237
Untertitel: Theory and Research. 'UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Politics'. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Open University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2001
Seitenanzahl: 160 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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