Jonathan Bradshaw on Social Policy: Selected Writings 1972-2011

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Jonathan Bradshaw has been a leading social policy scholar for over 40 years. He has made seminal contributions to the comparative study of child well-being, poverty and the adequacy of benefits, as well as writing on a range of important social policy issues. He founded the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, contributed to numerous landmark studies of poverty and minimum income standards in Britain for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and issued a wake-up call to policy makers worldwide by producing the first international 'league table' of child well-being. This volume brings together Bradshaw's best writings and demonstrates his clear, humane thinking based on systematic evidence and analysis. It will interest social policy students, practitioners and policy makers and is required reading for anyone who wants to understand how and why poverty and low child well-being persist in the twenty-first century. The book was produced to mark Jonathan Bradshaw's retirement and to introduce future generations of social policy students and scholars to his work. It was sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Social Policy Research Unit and the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherUniversity of York
Number of pages345
ISBN (Print)978-1-907265-22-8
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • social policy
  • research
  • policy
  • social science
  • society
  • poverty
  • social exclusion, income, poverty
  • benefits
  • child well-being
  • living standards
  • employment

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