International Social Policy, 2nd edition provides an accessible and structured look at social policy in a global comparative context. With detailed explanations of the historical, political and social context of policy developments across thirteen nations, the book offers an authoritative picture of social policy across the developed world. This second edition now offers an expanded first chapter on welfare analysis, completely new chapters on China and South Korea, and updates throughout that flag the latest changes and policy trends. Exploring and comparing a variety of approaches to social policy, each chapter looks at welfare structure, developments and future prospects in a single country. The book considers core areas of policy provision alongside contemporary international concerns, such as globalization, demographic change and economic reform. Specifically, it examines policy in the following nations: ? USA ? Canada ? Australia ? New Zealand ? UK ? Sweden ? Germany ? Italy ? Russia ? Japan ? South Korea ? China ? South Africa Written and edited by leading social policy experts in each country, this is an invaluable contribution to the study of global social policy and an indispensable resource for students, researchers and policy-makers.