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Social Policy Review 26Analysis and debate in social policy, 2014$
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Kevin Farnsworth, Zoë Irving, and Menno Fenger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315568

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.001.0001

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Better to Satisfy the Coroner Than the Auditor: Social Policy Delivery in Challenging Times

Better to Satisfy the Coroner Than the Auditor: Social Policy Delivery in Challenging Times

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(p.103) Six Better to Satisfy the Coroner Than the Auditor: Social Policy Delivery in Challenging Times
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Social Policy Review 26
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Michael Hill

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.003.0006

Chapter Six provides a significant and critical link from the present to the past and combines the personal and the political in an incisive and informed analysis of various dimensions of policy implementation. It also contains many of the persistent quandaries of social policy that are examined in the subsequent chapters. The key theme is the reconciliation of ‘caring’ and ‘counting’, incorporating the enduring questions of the place of rules and discretion in securing just resource allocation; the view of efficiency as a means or and end; the outcomes of ‘rough justice’; and the disconnection between the direction of policy concerning social security (in its sense as a ‘condition’) and the reality of the labour market.

Keywords:   social policy, caring, efficiency, social security, labour market

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