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Pete Alcock, Howard Glennerster, and Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342997

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.001.0001

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What is social policy?

What is social policy?

(p.209) Chapter Two What is social policy?
Welfare and wellbeing

Pete Alcock

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the term ‘social policy’ and asks a good many questions about it. It considers various definitions of associated concepts and categorised labels: social administration, social services, social welfare, social security, welfare states, and so forth. It determines the need to study social policy at all or, for that matter, society's response as it identifies or fails to identify social needs and problems. It tries to determine whether it is concerned with principles and objectives about certain areas of social life and organisation or with social engineering, that is, with methods and techniques of action, management, organisation, and the application of games theory. It opines that whatever answers are arrived at, it cannot fail to become heavily involved in the issues of moral and political values. It notes that political propaganda frequently masquerades under social policy labels.

Keywords:   social policy, social security, categorised labels, social welfare, social life, social engineering, political values, political propaganda

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