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12th July 2009

The idea of poverty, by Paul Spicker

Policy Press, 2007, viii + 175 pp, pbk, 978 1 86134 888 3, £15.99, hbk, 978 1 86134 889 0, £55 This is a book for undergraduates studying social policy. Read More

12th July 2009

Pensions, by Michael Hill

Policy Press, 2007, xiii + 183 pp, pbk, 978 1 86134 851 7, £12.99 This book is the first in a new series designed by the Policy Press to guide Read More

12th July 2009

Applied Welfare Economics, by Richard E. Just, Darrell L. Hueth and Andrew Schmitz (eds)

Edward Elgar, 2008, xxiv + 767 pp, hbk, 1 84720 577 1, £195 The forty-six papers collected here discuss the market failure and second best justifications for government expenditure, theoretical Read More

12th July 2009

Making Social Policy Work, by John Hills, Julian Le Grand and David Piachaud

Policy Press, 2007, ix + 286 pp, pbk, 1 86134 957 6, £25, hbk, 1 86134 958 3, £65 This Festschrift for Howard Glennerster is about the ‘historical development and Read More

12th July 2009

Reframing Social Citizenship, by Peter Taylor-Gooby

Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009, xii + 218 pp, hbk, 0 19 954670 1, £45 Today’s welfare state is characterised by ‘competition, the expansion of internal markets, and target-setting’ and Read More

12th July 2009

Applied Ethics and Social Problems, by Tony Fitzpatrick

Policy Press, 2008, vi + 270 pp, pbk, 1 86134 859 3, £21.99, hbk, 1 86134 860 9, £60 This book asks the question: ‘If social policy studies the production Read More

12th July 2009

Social Justice and Public Policy, by Gary Craig, Tania Burchardt and David Gordon

Policy Press, 2008, x + 284 pp, pbk, 1 86134 933 0, £19.99, hbk, 1 86134 934 7, £65 The term ‘social justice’ can mean a bewildering variety of different Read More

12th February 2009

Joint taxation and the labour supply of married women: Evidence from the Canadian tax reform of 1988, by Thomas F. Crossley and Sung-Hee Jeon

Fiscal Studies, vol.28, 2007, no.3, pp.343-365 A change to the taxation system in Canada in 1988 has enabled Crossley and Jeon to conduct a natural experiment to test the effect Read More

12th February 2009

(Not) taking account of precarious employment: workfare policies and lone mothers in Ontario and the UK, by Patricia Evans

Social Policy and Administration, volume 41, no.1, February 2007, pp.29-49 This study of workfare for lone mothers in Canada shows that the result of the policy is precarious low-quality employment Read More

12th February 2009

“Sifting the wheat from the chaff”: a two-dimensional discriminant analysis of welfare state regime theory, by Clare Bambra

Social Policy and Administration, volume 41, no.1, February 2007, pp.1-28 There are two ways of categorising welfare states: ‘How much?’ and ‘How?’. In this important article Bambra shows how each Read More

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