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: https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018319899390a