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The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Service Work - Michael Fabricant

The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Service Work

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This book has emerged in response to social service workers' vivid descriptions of changes in the practice of their craft during the past 15 years and to the scanty literature that addressed their concerns. Few works have attempted to explore the interplay between the recent broader changes affecting the welfare state (fiscal crisis, cost containment, privatization, etc) and the restructuring of social service work. Yet, it is clear that the fiscal decisions of the 1980s profoundly affected both the context and content of social service practice. "The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Service Work" explores how these larger forces have created significant changes for the line practitioner. The greater push for caseload volume in the face of resource scarcity is redefining service encounters in ways that are more likely to meet the fiscal needs of the agency rather than the service needs of clients and the professional concerns of the worker. In short, the fiscal crisis of the past two decades has placed the enterprise of social services at risk. After empirically documenting the seriousness of the risk, "The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Service Work" concludes with an exploration of new social service practice strategies that have the potential to integrate the individual, organization, communal, and social changes necessary for effective service interventions.

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Response to the Poor by a Debtor State: The Economic and Social Crises of the 1990sp. 3
o the Political Economic Framework of the Welfare State Crisisp. 29
The Crisis and Transformation of Public Social Servicesp. 62
The Crisis and Transformation of Not-For-Profit Social Services: A Qualitative Analysisp. 116
o Charting a New Direction: Generative Social Servicesp. 195
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780873326421
ISBN-10: 0873326423
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54