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The goals of social policy: context and change

Adrian Sinfield

in The changing face of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345929
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0002
The goals of social policy: context and change

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In recent years changing labour markets, accompanied by increased and persistent unemployment, have been seen as requiring reforms in social security for those in the labour market. This chapter examines these policy changes and the reasons underlying them. It requires a broadly based analysis that can establish the links between ‘the personal troubles of milieu’ and ‘the public issues of social structure’. Such a framework for analysis reveals the extent of change in policy thinking and the importance of ‘policy closure’ which occurs when the change in discourse – the presentation and discussion of an issue – shapes the policy agenda with effects that may be little recognised.

Keywords: social security; social policies; labour market; unemployment; policy closure

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