These themes all affect the future of social policy. The book shows that:
social policy is in general the creature of social change generated elsewhere in society, and to which social policy is a response
the EU and global integration will play important roles in social policy in the future
while the 1990s were dominated by the analysis of unitary types of welfare system (regime), the proposed typologies are less clear cut once the types of social policy such as social care rather than income support, and types of recipient – women or ethnic minorities rather than white male workers – are taken as the focus
the relations of production, specifically industrial relations, are intimately related to the development of welfare regimes, and have changed significantly in recent years
The sum of these contributions is to explore profound changes which are currently underway which will have significant implications for the future of social policy.
2. The Changing Governance of Welfare: Recent Trends in its Primary Functions, Scale and Modes of Coordination: Bob Jessop (Lancaster University).
3. Resources for Social Policy: Ian Shaw (University of Nottingham).
4. Social Politics and Policy in an Era of Globalization: Critical Reflections: Nicola Yeates (Queen′s University of Belfast).
5. The Welfare Modelling Business: Peter Abrahamson (University of Copenhagen).
6. Social Security in a Rapidly Changing Environment: The Case of the Post–communist Transformation: Gaspar Fajth (Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF).
7. Employment, Industrial Relations and Social Policy: New Life in an Old Connection: Colin Crouch (European University Institute, Florence).
8. Culture: The Missing Variable in Understanding Social Policy? John Baldock (University of Kent at Canterbury).
9. ′Risk Society′: the Cult of Theory and the Millennium? Robert Dingwall (University of Nottingham).