Introduction; Contextualising disability welfare policy; Cure, care and protect: the paternalist policy heritage; Clauses for conditionality: activating disabled adults; Aiming high enough? Disabled children and the mainstream lives; Getting it right? The impact of recent disability policy; Out of the labyrinth: the disability benefits system unpacked; Widening the policy gaze: what can we learn from comparative disability policy analysis; Conclusions.
Alan Roulstone is Professor of Applied Social Sciences (Disability Policy) at Northumbria University and Honorary Professor at Swansea University. Alan is a disabled person who has written and researched extensively around disability policy and practice. Simon Prideaux is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Sociology & Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. Simon has written extensively on policy issues and policy change, and has current critical interests in the impact of neo-liberalist policies on disabled people.
'Disability policy has changed dramatically over the last fifty years and especially so since the turn of 21st century. Roulstone and Prideaux have produced a comprehensive and accessible analysis of these changes that will prove to be an invaluable text for students, researchers and policy analysts across a range of disciplines: highly recommended'. Colin Barnes, University of Leeds. "This comprehensive and engaging book is a valuable addition to disability studies and to social policy more generally. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with either the legacy of social policy responses to the 'problem' of disability or with current debates about the future development of disability policy." Hannah Morgan, Lancaster University