This 2nd edition of a highly respected textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to Irish social policy. It provides an accessible, critical overview taking account of significant changes over recent years.
The book is organised across four key sections:
1: Traces the emergence and development of Irish social policy from its origins to the present
2: Situates the Irish case in the wider context of the politics, ideology and socio-economic factors relevant to the development and reform of welfare states
3: Analyses core social service areas with specific reference to the contemporary Irish context
4: Explores how social policy affects particular groups in Irish society including children, older people, people with disabilities, carers, new immigrant and minority ethnic groups, and LGBT people. Discusses the challenges posed by environmental issues and the importance of a social policy perspective
Text boxes used throughout provide policy summaries, definitions of key concepts, along with guides for further reading and discussion.
This is a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Irish social policy and allied subjects.