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RISK, SOCIAL POLICY AND WELFARE
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RISK, SOCIAL POLICY AND WELFARE (Paperback)

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* What is the relevance of the concept of risk to social policy?

* Has risk replaced need as the key organizing principle of welfare provision?

* Do current trends support the contention that policy development is risk-based?



Traditionally, need has been the major mechanism for allocating resources in public services, and social policy texts have addressed various state responses to social problems and the alleviation of need. However, in a period of state retrenchment and welfare restriction, rationing and targeting have become more intense. This book explores the extent to which, as a result, risk and vulnerability have replaced need as the key principles of welfare rationing and provision. It begins with an introductory overview of current theories on risk and goes on to examine the relevance of risk to social policy and welfare developments. This is achieved by drawing on recent social policy and case examples from health, the personal social services and mental health. Written with the needs of undergraduates in mind, the author presents clear examples, provides summaries of key points and makes suggestions for further reading throughout. The result is a highly accessible introduction to the concept of risk for students, researchers and professionals in social policy, health and social welfare.

Medical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & servicesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social services Publisher: Open University Press Publication Date: 16/12/2001 ISBN-13: 9780335204090  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Hazel Kemshall is Professor of Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. She has research interests in risk assessment, risk management and risk policies, and the role of risk in contemporary welfare and criminal justice provision. She has carried out research into risk assessment for the Economic and Social Research Council's 'Risk and Human Behaviour' programme and has published numerous books and articles on risk in social care and criminal justice.

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