Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Robert F. Drake
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Meaning of Disability and the Creation of Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Robert F. Drake
      Pages 9-31
  4. Disability Policy, Models and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Robert F. Drake
      Pages 35-44
    3. Robert F. Drake
      Pages 68-92
  5. Policy Outcomes And Disabled People’s Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Robert F. Drake
      Pages 113-129
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      Pages 130-147
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      Pages 148-162
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      Pages 197-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-244

About this book


Understanding Disability Policies provides a comprehensive analysis of the development and consequences of disability policies in Britain from Victorian times to the present day. Written in clear and jargon-free English, it is essential reading for students and practitioners in disability studies, sociology, social policy, public administration, health and the voluntary sector.

There are three main sections. First, policies drawn from medical definitions of disability (which have led to the social exclusion of disabled people), are contrasted with a newer 'social model' of disability, which explains the disadvantages faced by disabled people not in terms of their physical or mental impairment, but as resulting from social and environmental barriers.

The second part of the volume evaluates British policies within an international context. In particular, comparisons are made with the civil rights approach adopted in America and Australia, and the welfare-orientated stance of countries like Sweden. Finally, the book traces the impacts of policy on disabled people according to their class, gender, age and ethnicity. The book ends with an assessment of the disability movement and the campaign by disabled people for the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation.


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About the authors

ROBERT DRAKE is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Wales, Swansea, and an associate lecturer with the Open University. He has published research on equal opportunity policies (with Ken Blakemore), disability policy, and the role of the voluntary sector in Britain. Currently, he is researching disability policies within the broader context of the European Union.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Understanding Disability Policies
  • Authors Robert F. Drake
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-72426-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-72427-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27311-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 256
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Policy
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