A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Practice

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A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Practice

9781800886322 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michael Adler, Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 632 2 Extent: 352 pp
This timely book utilises the specialised insights and experiences of those who have carried out research on different aspects of social welfare law and policy to construct an innovative post-Brexit and post-Covid 19 research agenda that identifies what needs to be studied and how this should be carried out.

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Elgar Research Agendasoutline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are give n the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary. Forward-looking and innovative, Elgar Research Agendas are an essential resource for PhD students, scholars and anybody who wants to be at the forefront of research.

This timely book utilises the specialised insights and experiences of those who have carried out research on different aspects of social welfare law and policy to construct an innovative post-Brexit and post-Covid 19 research agenda that identifies what needs to be studied and how this should be carried out.

Embracing not only social welfare law but also social welfare policy, practice and impact, expert contributors consider major areas of non-economic law, such as asylum and immigration law, health law, social care law, social work and child welfare law, social security law, and issues involving social rights. Individual chapters cover branches of social welfare law, four areas of social welfare policy, four distinctive methodological approaches, and three contemporary developments. They reflect a wide-ranging set of substantive concerns and methodological approaches and, taken together, comprise a challenging but non-prescriptive research agenda.

This Research Agenda will be a key resource for socio-legal researchers contemplating research on social welfare law and policy, as well as research councils, government departments and charitable bodies that fund research on social welfare law and policy.
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‘We are (yet again) at a pivotal point in social welfare – after the global financial crisis, after Brexit, and approaching the worst recession in living memory. In this novel book, leading figures across social welfare law and policy address the methodological challenges that face us as researchers and also as actors in this unforgiving world. Full of insight, this is a book which transcends disciplinary narratives and should be read widely. Having had the privilege of reading the chapters in advance of publication, their appreciations of the field are already impacting on my thinking.’
– David Cowan, University of Bristol, UK

‘Michael Adler brings together a sharply focused selection of contributions that provide key insights into the issues facing social welfare law, now and in the future. This collection provides an in-depth discussion of the research challenges spanning different branches of law and methodological approaches, focused on different social welfare policies and on contemporary organisational developments. It makes a compelling case for how future developments in social welfare law, policy and practice need to be considered in a post-Brexit, post-Covid world. In doing so, it delivers a timely and significant agenda for research.’
– Gráinne McKeever, Ulster University, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Michael Adler, Tammy Harel Ben-Shahar, Katie Boyle, Diana Camps, Sharon Cowan, Katie (‘Kit’) Colliver, Chris Grover, Jackie Gulland, Simon Halliday, Paul Henman, Michael Hill, Peter Hupe, Insa Koch, Mavis Maclean, Lee Marsons, Tom Mullen, Amir Paz-Fuchs, Mark Simpson, Iyiola Solanke, Maurice Sunkin, Robert Thomas, Beth Watts
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Contents:

1 Introduction: A view from the bridge 1
Michael Adler

PART I SOCIAL WELFARE LAW
2 A public law perspective 25
Tom Mullen
3 Family law and social welfare research: Towards
a sustainable symbiosis? 43
Mavis Maclean
4 A human rights lens: Reclaiming the narrative for
social rights as legal rights 59
Katie Boyle and Diana Camps
5 An administrative justice perspective 77
Lee Marsons and Maurice Sunkin

PART II SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY
6 Insights from health and social care 97
Jackie Gulland
7 A social security perspective 115
Mark Simpson
8 A view from education and employment law 133
Amir Paz-Fuchs and Tammy Harel Ben-Shahar
9 Social harms, crime and criminal justice 153
Chris Grover

PART III METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES
10 An anthropological perspective 173
Insa Lee Koch
11 Normative approaches 191
Beth Watts and Katie Colliver
12 Feminist jurisprudence and administrative justice 211
Sharon Cowan and Simon Halliday
13 Race, gender and discrimination – learning from
Zambrano 227
Iyiola Solanke

PART IV IMPORTANT POLICY DEVELOPMENTS
14 The outsourcing perspective 245
Robert Thomas
15 Digital technologies and artificial intelligence:
a computer science perspective 263
Paul Henman
16 The street level of the welfare state 281
Peter Hupe and Michael Hill
17 Concluding thoughts: Après le déluge 301
Michael Adler

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