What is Social Policy

Author: Daniel Beland

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745645844

Category: Political Science

Page: 199

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From housing, pensions and family benefits, to health care, unemployment insurance and social assistance, the welfare state is a key aspect of our lives. But social programs are contested political realities that we can′t hope to understand without locating them within the "big picture." This book provides a concise political and sociological introduction to social policy, helping readers to grasp the nature of social programs and the political struggles surrounding them. It takes a broad comparative and historical viewpoint on the United States, using an international perspective to contextualize American social policy within the developed world. Provocative and engaging, it offers insight into a wide range of social policy issues such as: welfare regimes, welfare state development, the politics of retrenchment and restructuring; the relationship between social programs and various forms of inequality; changing family and economic relations; the role of private social benefits; the potential impact of globalization; and debates about the future of the welfare state. What is Social Policy? will be stimulating reading for upper–level students of sociology, political science, public policy, and social work.
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States and Social Movements

Author: Hank Johnston

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745646271

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

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States and Social Movements cuts to the core of how social movements interact with all types of state system to produce variable outcomes such as democracy, policy reform, repression, insurrection, and revolution.
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States and Power

Author: Richard Lachmann

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745645380

Category: History

Page: 234

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States over the past 500 years have become the dominant institutions throughout the world, exercising vast and varied authority over the economic well-being, health, welfare, and very lives of their citizens. This concise and engaging book explains how power became centralized in states at the expense of the myriad of other polities that had battled one another over previous millennia. Richard Lachmann traces the contested and historically contingent struggles by which subjects began to see themselves as citizens of nations and came to associate their interests and identities with states. He explains why the civil rights and benefits they achieved, and the taxes and military service they in turn rendered to their nations, varied so much. Looking forward, Lachmann examines the future in store for states: will they gain or lose strength as they are buffeted by globalization, terrorism, economic crisis, and environmental disaster? This stimulating book offers a comprehensive evaluation of the social science literature that addresses these issues, and situates the state at the center of the world history of capitalism, nationalism, and democracy. It will be essential reading for scholars and students across the social and political sciences.
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Future of Space

Planning, Space and the City

Author: Giok Ling Ooi

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International

ISBN: 9789812102737

Category: History

Page: 294

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This book reviews the politics and rationale of spatial planning, and the social processes involved in providing and shaping urban space-industrial, residential, retail, public space-in Singapore. Besides considering the meaning of urban space to the citizenry, future space implications and current international research concerns are highlighted.
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