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Scandal, social policy and social welfare: 2nd, Rev. Ed

Ian Butler


Scandals do not just happen. They are made. They are constructed out of such everyday tragedies as the small carelessness and institutional brutality of the long-stay hospital, child abuse, or the violent deaths of innocent bystanders. This book, by examining the landmark scandals of the post-war period, including more recent ones, such as the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, reveals how scandals are generated, to what purposes they are used, and whose interests they are made to serve. In particular, it examines the role of the public inquiry, an increasingly familiar policy device, in the process wh ... More

Keywords: scandals, tragedies, carelessness, institutional brutality, long-stay hospital, child abuse, violent death, innocent bystanders, post-war period, Victoria Climbie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9781861347466
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Butler, author