The Handbook of Social Policy

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James Midgley, Martin Tracy, Michelle Livermore
SAGE, 2000 - Social Science - 550 pages
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The Handbook of Social Policy is a comprehensive examination of the development, implementation and impact of social policy. The international team of contributors documents the substantial body of knowledge about government social policies and the forces which drive it. The book defines social policy, examines the history of social policy, discusses social services, explores the political economy of social policy, views American social policy in an international context, and speculates on the future of social policy.


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The Nature of Social Policy I
An Overview of American Social Policy
Economic Dimensions of Social Policy
Policy Analysis
Policy Practice
The History of Social Policy
Social Policy and the Progressive Era
Social Policy of the New Deal
Social Policies for People With Disabilities
Social Policy and the Correctional System
Employment Policy and Social Welfare
Education and Social Welfare Policy
Urban Development Policy
The Political Economy of Social Policy
Conservative Approaches to Social Policy
Critical Social Policy

Social Policy and the Great Society
Reagan and Beyond
Social Policy and the Social Services
Social Security
Social Policy and the Elderly
Social Policy and HealthCare
Housing Policy
Social Policies and Mental Health
Welfare Pluralism and Social Policy
The Social Development Perspective in Social Policy
Social Policy and the Physical Environment
Conclusion International and Future
The Future of Social Policy
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James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from South Africa, he studied at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics and held academic appointments at both universities before moving to the United States 1985 where he served as as Dean of the School of Social Work and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at Louisiana State University. He accepted the appointment as Specht Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare Berkeley in 1997.

He has published widely on issues of social development, social policy, social work and international social welfare. His major books include Professional Imperialism: Social Work in the Third World. Heinemann, 1981; Social Security, Inequality and the Third World, Wiley, 1984; Comparative Social Policy and the Third World, Harvester, 1987 (with Stewart MacPherson); The Social Dimensions of Development: Social Policy and Planning in the Third World, Gower, 1989 (with Margaret Hardiman); Social Development: The Developmental Perspective in Social Welfare, Sage, 1995; Social Welfare in Global Context, Sage, 1997; Social Policy for Development, Sage, 2004 (with Anthony Hall) and Social Development: Theory and Practice, Sage, 2014.

In addition, he has edited or co-edited many books on international social welfare and social development. Among the most recent are Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work, Oxford University Press, 2010 (with Amy Conley); Social Policy and Poverty in East Asia: The Role of Social Security, Routledge, 2010 (with K. L. Tang); Grassroots Social Security in Asia, Routledge, 2011 (with Mitsuhiko Hosaka); Colonialism and Welfare: Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy. Edward Elgar, 2011 (with David Piachaud); Planning and Community Development: Case Studies. Madrid: Technical University of Madrid, GrupoGESPLAN-UPM, 2012 (with Adolfo Carzola); Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in China, India, Brazil and Africa. Edward Elgar, 2013 (with David Piachaud); Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development. Routledge, 2014 (with Leila Patel and Marian Ulricksen) and Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia. Lexington Books, 2014 (with James Lee and Yapeng Zhu).

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and holds Honorary Professorial appointments at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Nihon Fukushi University in Japan, Sun Yat-sen University in China and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Michelle Livermore is a doctoral student in the department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. She has published in the areas of community practice, poverty, and social development. Her interests lie in factors influencing social and economic well-being including public policy and community interventions.

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