The European Union and Social Policy

Hobson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-8081-6699 and Cowen, Harry (2020) The European Union and Social Policy. In: Social Policy (4th edition). Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367200084

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This thoroughly revised and expanded new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social policy and addresses its historical, theoretical and contextual foundations as well as contemporary policy issues relating to health, education and welfare as well as the impact of Brexit. Divided into four parts, it opens with a survey of the socio-economic, political and governmental contexts within which social policy operates, before moving on to look at the historical development of the subject. The third section examines contemporary aspects of providing welfare, whilst the final part covers European and wider international developments. The text explores the major topics and areas in contemporary social policy, for example: work and welfare; education; adult health and social care; children and families; crime and criminal justice; health; housing; race; disability; social care; and includes new chapters on class as well as comparative social policy. Issues are addressed throughout in a lively and accessible style, and examples are richly illustrated to encourage the student to engage with theory and content and to help highlight the relevance of social policy in our understanding of modern society. It is packed with features including ‘Spotlight’ ‘Discussion and review’ and ‘Controversy and debate’ boxes, as well as further readings and recommended websites. A comprehensive glossary also provides explanations of key terms and abbreviations. This is an essential textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in social policy and related subjects such as criminology, health studies, politics, sociology, nursing, youth and social work. The objectives of this Chapter are: • To outline the history of the European Union and the key stages of legislation that have been part of its development. • To examine the different structures and processes of the European Union, and the ways in which citizens, states and politicians contribute to the decision-making processes. • To assess some of the challenges that the European Union faces, including the threat of the eurozone crisis and issues with nationalism and Euroscepticism. • To evaluate some of the key areas of social policy in which the European Union is involved.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social policy; European Union
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Jonathan Hobson
Date Deposited: 21 May 2020 11:30
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:24

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