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Social Work in Restructured European Welfare Systems

Social Work in Restructured European Welfare Systems

a cura di: Vincenzo Fortunato, Günter J. Friesenhahn, Ewa Kantowicz

Edizione: 2008

Collana: Biblioteca di testi e studi

ISBN: 9788843045594

  • Pagine: 176
  • Prezzo:16,80 14,28
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In breve

This volume represents a significant and original contribution to the international debate on the ongoing changes in welfare regimes or models within the European Union. In details, using evidence from several European countries with different traditions and features, the book explores the relationships between the recent changes in national social policies and social work practices, also looking at the influence on civil society. The basic assumption is that the new liberalism as well as the increasing process of rationalisation of welfare systems, occurred since the ’70s in most of the European countries, had a strong influence and impact on social work. All of these changes have directly challenged the specific nature of social work in various contexts and, primarily, the role of social work as a profession. The book aimed to scholars, social policy and social work academics, but also students and practitioners, is structured in three broad sections that deal with different aspects closely related with each other: restructuring social welfare; social work practice within changing perspectives; social work contribution to the development of civil society.

Indice

Introduction. Social Welfare Changes in European Contexts  by Vincenzo Fortunato, Günter J. Friesenhahn and EwaKantowicz
Section One
Restructuring Social Welfare
1. The Role of Professional Social Work in the Light of the Italian Welfare Reform  by Annamaria Campanini and Vincenzo Fortunato
Premise/From Welfare State to Welfare Mix/The Law 328/2000 and the Challenges for Social Work/Social Work Intervention/Some Reflections on Methodology/Conclusions/References
2. Local Government and the Reform of Health and Social Care in the Netherlands by Klaartje Peters
Premise/The Social Support Act/Changes for Local Governments/The WMO and Local Democracy: Problem or Stimulus?/Conditions for Stimulating Local Democracy/Conclusions/References
3. Community, Identity and ‘Civil Society from Above’: The Arrival of Individual Responsibility and Local
Social Policy  by Mika Alavaikko
Premise/Community and Identity/Social Service Production in Finland/Space for Local Social Policy/Conclusions/References
4. Restructuring Social Welfare in Wales by Robert Sanders and Patrick Pope
Premise/Service Users as Citizens/The Strengths of the Social Model/The Coordination of Care Service Delivery/Social Work in the Context of an Emergent Welsh Social Policy/Conclusions/References
Section Two
Social Work Practice within Changing Perspectives
5. Towards Community-Based Interventions in Swedish Child Welfare  by Torbjörn Forkby
Premise/Social Legislation/The Professionalisation of Social Workers/The 1990s and the Alternatives to Institutional Care/Specialisation/Breaking out from the Office/Expansion/The Situation for Community-Based Interventions in
Sweden Today/Categorising Community-Based Interventions/Conclusions
6. Dilemmas Faced by Frontline Workers in Statutory and Non-Governmental Care for Elderly
Premise/The Social Security System of the Czech Republic/Statutory and Non-Governmental Organisations within the Czech Social Security System/Dilemmas of Working with the Elderly in Municipality Home-Care and Charity Personal Care/The Charity Personal Care Case Study/The Comparison/Conclusions/References
7. Challenges and New Standards in Social Childcare System in Poland  by Ewa Kantowicz and Zofia Waleria Stelmaszuk
Background of the Welfare System in Poland/Genesis of the Childcare System in Poland/New Standards in Social Childcare System/New or Old Approaches to the Education of Professionals for Childcare in Poland?/Conclusions/References
Section Three
Social Work Contribution to the Development of Civil Society
8. Social-Political and Cultural Changes in Social Work Practices in France from 1973 to the Present  by Gérard Moussu
Transformations in the Social State in France since the Beginning of the 1973 Economic Crisis/Social Work Faces New Social Problems: Between Change and Continuity/How Has Social Work Been Altered by Social Changes?/Future Changes/References
9. Social Work: Progress or Backward Movement?  by José Luis Malagón Bernal, José Luis Sarasola Sánchez-Serrano and Evaristo Barrera Algarín
The Essence of Social Work as a Profession and Discipline/The Transformations of the Welfare Systems and the Critical Dismantling of Social Work/References
10. The Place of Social Work in the Transition of the Romanian Social Welfare by Melania-Gabriela Ciot
 ‘Welfare State’ and ‘Social Work’ in the Romanian Language and Their Implications/The Transition of the Romanian System of Welfare/Particularities of the Romanian System of Social Protection/The Place of Romanian Social Work in Social Welfare/Future Directions of Development/References
11. A New Era in the State of the Cyprus Social Welfare Services and a ‘Hidden’ Resistance to New Ethics and Values by Christos Panagiotopoulos and Maria P. Michailidis
Towards the Restructuring of the Cypriot Social Welfare System: An Ongoing Process/Current Situation/The National Action Plan for Social Inclusion/The Local Authorities/The Pancyprian Welfare Council/The Church of Cyprus/What Next?/References
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