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Theorising Irish Social Policy

Professor Bryan Fanning (editor)
Patricia Kennedy (editor)
Gabriel Kiely (editor)
Suzanne Quin (editor)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
20th September 2004

Author Biography

Bryan Fanning, Patricia Kennedy and Suzanne Quin lecture in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at University College Dublin. Gabriel Kiely is professor in the same department. Patricia Kennedy, Suzanne Quin and Gabriel Kiely have co-edited with others previous social policy titles published by UCD Press (Contemporary Irish Social Policy, Irish Social Policy in Context, Disability and Social Policy in Ireland).


Theorising Irish Social Policy addresses theoretical and conceptual debates underpinning Irish social policy and is an advanced text for courses in social policy as well as being intended for academics, researchers, policy analysts and policy makers. It will be an invaluable aid for students who in the past were left to their own devices in the task of relating internationally developed themes and frameworks to Irish developments. The book is comprehensive in its choice of themes which include an introductory discussion on locating Irish social policy, followed by chapters written by leading Irish academics on globalisation; communitarianism, social capital and subsidiarity; individualisation; women, autonomy and bodily integrity; fathers, identity and well-being; poverty and insecurity; equity, efficiency and health care; difference and social diversity; rights and judicial activism.Theorising Irish Social Policy is part of the University College Dublin Press series of social policy texts, which include Contemporary Irish Social Policy (1999), Irish Social Policy in Context (1999), Disability and Social Policy in Ireland (2003) and Mental Health and Social Policy in Ireland (forthcoming, 2005).