Social Policy for Social Change

Barbara Fawcett, Susan Goodwin, Ruth Phillips, Gabrielle Meagher

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Social policy can be a powerful vehicle for positive social change. This book explores how social policy is made and by whom, focusing on debates about what counts as a social problem, and on conflicts over ideals, power and resources in the framing of policy solutions. Social policy is shown to be dynamic, flexible and provisional, and the opportunities for human service practitioners to engage in the processes of making and implementing social policy for social change are emphasised.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print) 9781420256161
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2009


  • social policy
  • social change
  • social problems


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