Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. New Perspectives on Welfare Theory

    1. Nick Ellison, Chris Pierson
      Pages 1-13
  3. New Perspectives on Welfare Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Chris Pierson
      Pages 17-30
    3. Nick Ellison
      Pages 31-45
    4. Ruth Lister
      Pages 46-60
    5. Martin Hewitt
      Pages 61-77
  4. British Social Policy in the 1990s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-95
    2. Noel Whiteside
      Pages 97-111
    3. Ailsa McKay
      Pages 112-129
    4. Sarah Nettleton
      Pages 130-145
    5. Stephen J. Ball
      Pages 146-159
    6. Mary Langan
      Pages 160-172
    7. Peter Malpass
      Pages 173-187
  5. Contemporary Issues in British Social Policy

About this book


This important text furnishes students with a comprehensive introduction that covers not just a sector-by-sector policy analysis but also its important theoretical underpinning and a discussion of the wider socio-economic context of policy-making and implementation. As such - and given the outstanding reputation of many of the contributors in their respective fields - this volume is an essential text of its kind, articulating for its reader the exciting sense of debate and change in the field.


democracy employment employment policy gender health policy Policy poverty service social policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Nick Ellison
    • 1
  • Chris Pierson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DurhamUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamUK

About the editors

NICK ELLISON is Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Durham. His publications include Egalitarian Thought and Labour Politics: Retreating Visions.

CHRISTOPHER PIERSON is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham. He has written extensively on the problems of social democracy and the welfare state. His most recent books are Socialism After Communism, The Modern State and Beyond the Welfare State.

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