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A revised and updated edition of the best-selling text on social policy in Ireland.


In Social Policy in Ireland, 28 of the leading social policy commentators in Ireland contribute to 22 chapters ranging across the social policy spectrum. Some chapters look at issues of principle, others analyse practice while others focus on specific policy problems. Together the contributors provide a detailed analysis of a wide range of issues, articulate viable alternatives and identify pathways to move towards such alternatives. They also address the frameworks, models and paradigms which underpin policy analysis and policy-making in Ireland.

This unique publication, which draws on the expertise of people in economics, sociology, political science, social administration and policy-making, will be of widespread interest. It will be required reading for students of social policy and public administration, policymakers, activists and others who wish to analyse social issues and to generate change.

This second revised and updated edition of Social Policy in Ireland marks the 25th anniversary of the estsablishment of the Justice Commission of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI Justice). It builds on and develops many of the major themes addressed over the past two decades in the annual social policy conferences organised by CORI Justice.


  1. Progress, Paradigms and Policy, by Sen Healy and Brigid Reynolds
  2. Equality, by John Baker
  3. The Common Good of a Pluralist Society, by Patrick Riordan SJ
  4. Evidence-based Social Policy-making, by Micheal Collins and Colin Menton
  5. Projecting Ireland's Population at a Time of Major Demographic Change, by Aidan Punch
  6. Social Partnership and the Policy Process, by Rory ODonnell and Damian Thomas
  7. Poverty: Measurement, Trends and Future Directions, by Michel Collins
  8. The Changing Patterns of Income Distribution and Inequality in Ireland, 19732004, by Michel Collins and Catherine Kavanagh
  9. The EUs Social Inclusion Indicators and Their Implications for Ireland, by Brian Nolan
  10. Basic Income: Recent Analyses for Ireland, by Sean Ward
  11. Taxation Policy and Reform, by Noel Cahill and Francis OToole
  12. Work, Employment and Unemployment, by Michel Collins and Sen Healy
  13. Housing in Ireland: Philosophy, Problems and Policies, by P.J. Drudy
  14. Health Policy in Ireland, by Eamon O'Shea and Patrick Gillespie
  15. Neo-liberalism and Education, by Kathleen Lynch
  16. Rural Development: Policy Themes and Measures of the Early Twenty-first Century, by Patricia OHara and Patrick Commins
  17. Migration in Ireland: A Changing Reality, by Piaras MacEnri
  18. Family and Family Policy, by Tony Fahey
  19. Negotiating Power and Powerlessness: Community Interests and Partnership in Rural Ireland, by Tony Varley
  20. Social Capital and Well-being in Ireland, by Tom Healy
  21. The Economic Challenge of Sustainability, by Emer O'Siochru and Richard Douthwaithe
  22. The Economics of Altruism in a Time of Affluence, by John Healy and Charles M. A. Clark
Additional Information

Additional Information

Author Various
Editor Brigid Reynolds, Michael Collins, Sean Healy
Print Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1-905785-02-X
ISBN-13 n/a
Illustrations No
Date of Publication March 2007
Number of Pages 480

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