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The Student's Companion to Social Policy: 5th Edition

This fully updated and expanded edition of the bestselling 'Student’s Companion to Social Policy' charts the latest developments, research, challenges, and controversies in the field in a concise, authoritative format.

The 'Student's Companion to Social Policy: 5th Edition', is edited by Pete Alcock, Tina Haux, Margaret May and Sharon Wright.

  • Provides students with the analytical base from which to investigate and evaluate key concepts, perspectives, policies, and outcomes at national and international levels.
  • Features a new section on devolution and social policy in the UK; enhanced discussion of international and comparative issues; and new coverage of ‘nudge’-based policies, austerity politics, sustainable welfare, working age conditionality, social movements, policy learning and transfer, and social policy in the BRIC countries.
  • Offers essential information for anyone studying social policy, from undergraduates on introductory courses to those pursuing postgraduate or professional programmes.
  • Accompanied by updated online resources to support independent learning and skill development with chapter overviews, study questions, guides to key sources and career opportunities, a key term glossary, and more.
  • Written by a team of experts working at the forefront of social policy.

There are contributions from Pete Alcock, Saul Becker, Jessica Pykett, Robert Page, Catherine Needham, Martin Powell, Karen Rowlingson, Jon Glasby, David Mullins (as well as Margaret May and Edward Brunsdon, who are Honorary Fellows).