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Social Work and the Third Way: Tough Love as Social Policy / Edition 1

Social Work and the Third Way: Tough Love as Social Policy / Edition 1

by Bill JordanBill Jordan
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The New Labour government in the UK is committed to a programme of reform of the welfare state that will pull away safety nets and replace them by trampolines, to bounce citizens back into active participation. Its regime of 'tough love' will make more demands on those claiming benefits and services, as well as clamping down on dependencey, fraud and crime. This will be done by changing the culture of welfare agencies, towards promoting achievement and independence, as well as meeting 'genuine need'.

In Social Work and the Third Way, Bill Jordan provides an accessible and lively analysis of the tensions between 'toughness' and 'love' in the Third Way's political philosophy, and the problems of implementing New Labour

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761967200
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bill Jordan is Reader in Social Studies at Exeter University and Professor in Social Policy at Huddersfield University. He has written extensively in politics and social policy, including most recently A Theory of Poverty and Social Exclusion (1996).

Table of Contents

The Dog That Didn't Bark
Values, Morals and Emotions
The Shifting Ethical Foundations of Social Work
Reasons, Motives and Evidence
The Theoretical Basis of the Third Way and Social Work
The Third Way in Local Authority Social Services
Modernization and Management
Capacities and Empowerment
The Contradictions of the Third Way over Exclusions and Disabilities
Social Work and Street Credibility
Social Work and Economic Activity
The Public Authority
Social Work and the State
Front-Line Practice

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