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Kelly Bogue: the divisive state of social policy.

Butler-Warke, Alice



This is a book review of Kelly Bogue's The divisive state of social policy. Divided into seven chapters and an appendix with participant information and demographics, the book weaves together several theoretical and empirical strands. Chapters 1 and 2 set the stage for the subsequent empirical chapters, describing the genesis of the Bedroom Tax and outlining the history of social housing in the UK, neatly guiding the reader to understand the politics inherent in social housing. While these chapters are the least fervent of the book, Bogue’s concise definitions and particularly her description of how the ‘age of austerity’ came to define current British politics, are exceptional.


BUTLER-WARKE, A. 2020. Kelly Bogue: the divisive state of social policy. Critical social policy [online], 40(2), pages 317-318. Available from:

Journal Article Type Book Review
Acceptance Date May 2, 2020
Online Publication Date May 2, 2020
Publication Date May 1, 2020
Deposit Date May 22, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 22, 2020
Journal Critical Social Policy
Print ISSN 0261-0183
Electronic ISSN 1461-703X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 2
Pages 317-318
Item Discussed BOGUE, K. 2019. The divisive state of social policy. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781447350538.
Keywords Austerity; Bedroom tax; Social housing; British politics
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