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
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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 BarkValues, Morals and Emotions The Shifting Ethical Foundations of Social WorkReasons, Motives and Evidence The Theoretical Basis of the Third Way and Social WorkThe Third Way in Local Authority Social Services Modernization and ManagementCapacities and Empowerment The Contradictions of the Third Way over Exclusions and DisabilitiesSocial Work and Street CredibilitySocial Work and Economic ActivityThe Public Authority Social Work and the StateFront-Line Practice