The future of the Welfare State is being hotly debated both within the UK and abroad. Social research institutions, think tanks, pressure groups, charities and professional associations have contributed to the debate alongside government opposition politicians and the media. Comment and analysis is found in a wide range of research reports, government consultation and policy papers, academic and trade journals and quality newspapers.
Welfare Reform Digest aims to help social policy practitioners and researchers to keep up to date with this flood of literature.
We systematically scan the quality press, the British Library's intake of social science books and government publications, and a wide range of trade and academic journals to identify relevant material. We then produce full bibliographic references with detailed abstracts to give both the flavour of the cut and thrust of the debate and an overview of the research literature.
The first, pilot, issue covered material scanned from mid June to mid July 1998. The second issue comprised material scanned in March 1999, and new data is now added on a monthly basis.
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