Social and Labour Market Policy : The Basics
139 p. illustrations ; 20 cm.
Social and Labour Market Policy: The Basics is an engaging and accessible introduction to the subject, which explores the broad historical, social and economic factors which have affected the differing types of social and labour market policies found in welfare states. Drawing links between social policy and labour market policy the book explores key introductory topics including: Defining what we mean when we speak of social policy and labour market policy Historical origins including Bismarckian and Beveridgian reforms The range of social issues social policy aims to address, e.g. housing policy and child provision Showing how social policy enhances well-being Ideas and ideology and the effects of globalisation The functioning of the labour market. Social and Labour Market Policy: The Basics provides readers with an understanding of their importance to the development of contemporary society. This book is suitable for students of social policy as well as students taking a social policy module as part of a wider course within politics, social work, health care, sociology and economics. Researchers interested in the field will also benefit from reading this book.
Table of Contents
List of figures List of tables Foreword List of abbreviations Chapter 1. What is it all about? 1.1. Introduction 1.2. Historical trajectories 1.3. What is social and labour market policy? 1.4. Overview of the book 1.5. Some delimitations 1.6. Summing up References Chapter 2. Elements of social policy 2.1. Introduction 2.2. Central fields in social policy 2.3. Basic concepts 2.4. Core actors in social policy 2.5. Summing-up References Chapter 3. Aims of social policy 3.1. Introduction 3.2. What are well-being and welfare? 3.3. Old and new social risks 3.4. Instruments and well-being 3.5. Poverty and inequality 3.6. Is it the same in all welfare states? 3.7. Summing-up References Chapter 4. Crisis and new ways in welfare states 4.1. Introduction 4.2. Why crisis? 4.3. Legitimacy of social policy 4.4. Abilities to finance welfare 4.5. How to choose the best pathway - evidence in social policy 4.6. Summing-up References Chapter 5. Ideas and social policy 5.1. Introduction 5.2. Why ideas matter 5.3. Keynesian, neo-liberal and social investment 5.4. The influence of regionalisation and globalisation 5.5. Summing-up References Chapter 6. Labour market policy 6.1. Introduction 6.2. What is a labour market and employment/unemployment? 6.3. Fourth industrial revolution 6.4. Central concepts to understand the development 6.5. Flexicurity - as buzzword 6.6. The impact of free movement of workers and migration 6.7. Summing-up References Chapter 7. Active labour market policy 7.1. Introduction 7.2. What is active labour market policy? 7.3. Different aims of active labour market policy 7.4. What does and does not work in active labour market policy? 7.5. Summing-up - the way forward for labour market policy References Chapter 8. The future 8.1. Introduction 8.2. Why is social and labour market policy important? 8.3. Future challenges for social and labour market policy 8.4. Possible changes 8.5. Summing-up References Index