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Social policy Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
EU English Glossary
The Social Policy Agreement signed by eleven Member States has been incorporated into the EC Treaty by the Treaty of Amsterdam, so putting an end to a complex situation. From 1993 to 1999 there were two distinct legal bases for social policy measures: the EC Treaty itself and a separate agreement from which the United Kingdom had opted out. Now all social policy measures can be adopted on the basis of the new Title XI of the EC Treaty.

The objectives set by the Treaty draw on the 1961 European Social Charter and the 1989 Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers. They were already incorporated in the Social Policy Agreement and cover employment promotion, proper social protection, dialogue between management and labour, the development of human resources, and combating exclusion (Article 136).

Depending on the matter in had the Council decides:

•either by the codecision procedure after consulting the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions;
•or unanimously on a Commission proposal after consulting the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.


•Consultation procedure 
•Cooperation procedure 
•European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) 
•Qualified majority 
•Single institutional framework 
•Social Charter 
•Social dialogue 
•Social Policy Agreement 

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Social policy Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Social policy primarily refers to guidelines, principles, legislation and activities that affect the living conditions conducive to human welfare. The Department of Social Policy at the  London School of Economics defines social policy as "an interdisciplinary and applied subject concerned with the analysis of societies' responses to social need. It seeks to foster in its students a capacity to understand theory and evidence drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines, including economics, sociology, psychology, geography, history, law, philosophy and political science. Social Policy is focused on those aspects of the economy, society and policy that are necessary to human existence and the means by which they can be provided. These basic human needs include: water, food, and shelter, a sustainable and safe environment, the promotion of health and treatment of the sick, the care and support of those unable to live a fully independent life; and the education and training of individuals to a level that enables them fully to participate in their society". The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University describes social policy as "public policy and practice in the areas of health care, human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, and labor." Social policy might also be described as actions that affect the well-being of members of a society through shaping the distribution of and access to goods and resources in that society. Social policy often deals with wicked problems.

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Social policy Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
the rules and regulations, the laws and other administrative directives, which set the framework for state social welfare activity.
Social policy Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

1. a policy of for dealing with social issues
(hypernym) policy
(hyponym) apartheid