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Poverty, inequality and social justice

The issues involved in poverty, inequality and social justice are many and varied, from basic access to education and healthcare, to the financial crisis and resulting austerity, and now COVID-19. Addressing Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities and Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, our list both presents research on these topics and tackles emerging problems. A key series in the area is the SSSP Agendas for Social Justice.

This area has always been at the heart of our publishing with the view to making the research in this area as visible and accessible as possible in order to maximise its potential impact. 

Bristol University Press and Policy Press are signed up to the UN SDG Publishers Compact. In Poverty, inequality and social justice, we aim to address the following goals:

SDG Publishers compact logoSDG 1: No povertySDG 5: Gender equalitySDG 10: Reduced inequalitiesSDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

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COVID-19 and the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK

Responses, Impacts and Adaptation

Curating rigorous academic, policy and practice-based research, this book explores the response and adaptation of the UK voluntary sector to the COVID-19 pandemic and considers what can be learned to maximise its contribution in the event of future crises.

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The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families

Resources, Employment and Policies to Improve Wellbeing

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. This book presents evidence from over 40 countries that shows how single parents face a triple bind of inadequate resources, employment and policies, which in combination further complicate their lives.

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Exploring the Dynamics of Personal, Professional and Interprofessional Ethics

This interdisciplinary book draws on the perspectives of forty authors from four continents to explore the dynamics of ethical dilemmas using theory, research and practice-based examples.

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Rethinking Policy and Politics

Reflections on Contemporary Debates in Policy Studies

Edited by Sarah Ayres

The book offers critical reflections on the recent history and future direction of policy studies, advancing the debate by rethinking the ways in which scholars and students of policy studies can (re)engage with pertinent issues. First published as a Special Issue of Policy & Politics.

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Europe enlarged

A handbook of education, labour and welfare regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

This important reference work describes the educational systems, labour markets and welfare production regimes in the ten new Central and Eastern Europe countries.

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Religion and Welfare in Europe

Gendered and Minority Perspectives

Compares regional conceptions and variations of welfare in relation to national religious traditions across key parts of Europe. Using comparative case studies, the book examines the transition from research to practical policy recommendations, highlighting the similarities and differences between selected European countries.

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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?

Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons

Leading scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and regions use area-specific case studies to critically assess the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) project and its impact.

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Absolute Poverty in Europe

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

This book investigates different policy and civic responses to extreme poverty, ranging from food donations to penalisation and “social cleansing” of highly visible poor and how it is related to concerns of ethics, justice and human dignity.

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The Political Economy of the Irish Welfare State

Church, State and Capital

A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of social policy in modern Ireland, as the product of a triangulated relationship between church, state and capital.

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Young People Leaving State Care in China

Through the perspectives of young people themselves, this book reviews changes in policy and practices that affected the generation of young people who grew up in state care in China during the last 20 years.

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Capacity, Participation and Values in Comparative Legal Perspective

With contributions from an international team of experts, this collection provides a much-needed international, comparative approach to mental capacity law.

Bristol Uni Press

Education Systems and Inequalities

International comparisons

EPUB and EPDF available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence. Education systems and inequalities compares different education systems and their impact on creating and sustaining social inequalities.

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