I’ve just received the print copies of Social Policy: Theory and Practice, the third edition of my textbook on social policy. It’s substantially longer than the second edition, by about two hundred pages; partly this is because of the incorporation of material from Policy Analysis for Practice, another of my books, but mainly it’s just that there’s a lot more in it.
Social Policy is not much like any other book in the field. It’s written for an international audience; it’s intended as a complement to other books which describe the systems in different countries. It has a heavy emphasis on practice, including coverage of social administration. And it was always intended as a contribution to the literature of social policy in its own right. It’s written to have a relatively long shelf-life, and it should be possible to read it at many different levels. (Despite all that, as a third edition and a textbook, it will count for nothing in the research rankings which drive universities in Britain. )
I’ve set up three new pages on my website:
- a description of the book
- a set of links to readings to accompany the book, and
- guidance for students on essay writing, taken from the second edition.
You can buy it from Policy Press.