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Social Policy After the Financial Crisis

A Progressive Response Ian Greener, University of Strathclyde, UK
Incorporating insights from political economy and behavioural psychology, this radical book provides an up-to-date account of the dilemmas facing social policy this decade: where did we go wrong, and what we can do about it?
Extent: c 224 pp
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Publication Date: May 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 610 8
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  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
  • Welfare States
Incorporating insights from political economy and behavioural psychology, this radical book provides an up-to-date account of the dilemmas facing social policy this decade: where did we go wrong, and what we can do about it?

Ian Greener reconsiders one of the leading analyses by Jessop of the relationship between the economic and the political, combining it with insights from behavioural science. Covering the economy, healthcare, education and social security, detailed case studies show that the tensions and contradictions in present policy stem from the relationship between government and corporations and a resulting growth in inequality. The author presents a new, unified and effective framework to consider where social policy has come from, where it is now, and what we can do to reimagine it.

This book is ideal for those who want the bigger picture of politics and social policy, including advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of social policy, welfare studies, politics, or other social science disciplines.
‘Ian Greener has written a stimulating book, not only with a strong analytical focus, but also looking into how to move forward and reduce the inequalities of present days societies. The combination of and extension of work by especially Galbraith and Jessop is an important new contribution to social policy analysis.’
– Bent Greve, University of Roskilde, Denmark
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Where have we come from? The failure of progressive politics 3. The governance of welfare – understanding where we are now 4. Who are we? – why the enlightenment model of who we are won’t do 5. A framework for understanding economic and social policy governance after the financial crisis 6. Economic governance and social policy 7. Health and healthcare policy 8. Education policy 9. Social Security 10. Conclusion A final word References Index