Social work and macro-economic neoliberalism: beyond the social justice rhetoric: Travail social et néolibéralisme macroéconomique: au delà de la réthorique de justice sociale

G. Spolander, L. Engelbrecht, A. Pullen Sansfaçon

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Abstract

Macro-economic policy shapes and structures social welfare policy, services, and their implementation. As a result, the commoditisation of social welfare services and the use of markets as well as private sector management philosophies and tools have colonised and fashioned the design, provision and implementation of social welfare policy and structures. The impact has been far reaching, from limiting social welfare responses of elected democratic government to shaping the profession in a range of intended and unintended directions. Written from a UK perspective, this paper proposes a discussion of the impact of macro-economic neoliberal policies in the field of social welfare and explores the implications for social work practice. The paper also promotes a debate within the profession regarding the importance of macro-economic analysis and possible responses, as well as suggesting a way forward within European and, more broadly, international practice contexts
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
VolumeIn press
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • democracy
  • international social work
  • neoliberalism
  • ordoliberalism
  • professionalism
  • social movements
  • social welfare policy

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