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Modernising social work: Critical considerations

John Harris and Vicky White


New Labour's modernisation agenda has produced an avalanche of change that has posed formidable challenges for everyone involved in social work, whether as service users, practitioners, or managers. This book provides a radical appraisal of the far-reaching changes in their theoretical, historical, and policy contexts. It is organised into three sections that consider: the inter-relationship of modernisation and managerialism, modernisation's impact on service users, and the ways in which social workers and front-line managers seek to exercise professional discretion for the benefit of service ... More

Keywords: New Labour, modernisation, social work, service user, practitioner, managerialism, front-line managers, professional discretion, intensified scrutiny, control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420060
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420060.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Harris, editor

Vicky White, editor