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Welfare and wellbeingRichard Titmuss's contribution to social policy$
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Pete Alcock, Howard Glennerster, and Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342997

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342997.001.0001

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The subject of social administration

The subject of social administration

(p.199) Chapter One The subject of social administration
Welfare and wellbeing

Pete Alcock

Policy Press

This chapter deals with the appointment of Richard Titmuss, which is described as ‘social administration’. The professional association which he later co-sponsored is initially called the Social Administration Association. It notes that this has now become the Social Policy Association (SPA) and more generally today the subject is referred to as ‘social policy’ rather than ‘social administration’. It observes that Titmuss's lecture to the new association dismisses an interpretation of administration as the narrow concern with management and technical planning; and his own work encompasses concern with theory and politics as well as organisation and process. It further adds that another current controversy is the extent to which social policy constitutes an academic discipline rather than (merely) a field of study.

Keywords:   social administration, Social Administration Association, Social Policy Association, social policy, management, theory, organisation, politics, technical planning

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