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International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment

By: Tony Fitzpatrick(Editor)

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Jun 2014 | #216509 | ISBN-13: 9780857936127
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The International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment reviews debates concerning poverty, inequalities, social distribution, social rights, taxation, healthcare, education, water and energy policies to examine the relevance and importance of climate change to social policies and welfare reform. Environmental change is central to the global social policy challenges of the twenty-first century. This comprehensive Handbook brings together leading experts from around the world to address the most important questions and issues we face. How should welfare states adapt to environmental change? To what extent are the ecological and social policy agendas compatible? Must we contemplate radical reforms to the principles and organisation of welfare services?

Combining cutting-edge theory and data in an interdisciplinary approach, this Handbook both summarises existing developments and suggests how debates and research must develop in the future. International Handbook on Social Policy and the Environment will appeal to taught postgraduates, doctoral students and academics across the policy and social sciences. It will also be of interest to non-academic researchers, practitioners and environmental activists. With case studies drawn from many countries including Australia, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, Canada, Latin America and the UK, the Handbook will provide an important resource for years to come.


Tony Fitzpatrick

1. The New Social Risks and Opportunities of Climate Change
André Schaffrin

2. Unequal Emissions – Unequal Policy Impacts: How Do Different Areas of CO2 Emissions Compare?
Milena Büchs, Nicholas Bardsley and Sylke V. Schnepf

3. An Ecosocial Understanding of Poverty
Tony Fitzpatrick

4. The Affordability of Water and Energy Pricing – the Case of Germany
Erik Gawel and Wolfgang Bretschneider

5. Green Taxes in Scandinavia: Do they Contribute to (in)equality?
Anders Branth Pedersen and Helle Ørsted Nielsen

6. ENGO Activism in the EU: The G10, Climate Change and Social Policy
Michael Briguglio, Maria Brown and Ian Bugeja

7. Environmental Health Costs of Economic Globalization Policies in Latin America
Judith Cherni

8. Environmental and Social Policies in Japan
Yasuko Kameyama

9. Degrowth for Sustainability, Equality and Poverty Reduction: Some lessons from Cuba
Karen Bell

10. Sustainability and the Social Economy in Canada: From Resource Reliance to Resilience?
Julie L. MacArthur

11. Using Markets to Achieve Environmental Ends: Reconciling Social-equity Issues in Contemporary Water Policy in Australia
Karen Hussey

12. The Interaction of EU Climate Policies: Mechanisms and Lessons
Elin Lerum Boasson and Jørgen Wettestad

13. Sustainable Development by the Multi-stakeholder Model?
Magnus Boström

14. Education for Sustainable Development and Welfare Reform: A Very British Case Study?
Carolyn Snell and Sarah Brooks-Wilson

15. Social Rights and Natural Resources
Hartley Dean

16. The Nature of Nature: Aristotle vs. Epicurus
Tony Fitzpatrick


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Tony Fitzpatrick is a Reader in the School of Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. He is a past editor of the journal Policy & Politics and his recent publications include Welfare Theory (2nd edition, 2011), Understanding the Environment and Social Policy (Policy Press, 2011) and Climate Change and Poverty (2014).

- N. Bardsley
- K. Bell
- E.L Boasson
- M. Boström
- W. Bretschneider
- M. Briguglio
- S. Brooks-Wilson
- M. Brown
- M. Büchs
- I. Bugeja
- J. Cherni
- H. Dean
- T. Fitzpatrick
- E. Gawel
- K. Hussey
- Y. Kameyama
- J.L. MacArthur
- H.O. Nielsen
- A.B. Pedersen
- A. Schaffrin
- S.V. Schnepf
- C. Snell
- J. Wettestad

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