Administering Welfare Reform: International Transformations in Welfare Governance

Administering Welfare Reform: International Transformations in Welfare Governance

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While reforms of welfare policies have been widely analysed, the reform of welfare administration has received far less attention. Using empirical case studies, this book provides significant new insights into the way welfare administration is being internationally transformed. Particular attention is given to the effect on welfare clients, staff and agencies. Administering welfare reform: presents a critical analysis of governance practices in welfare administration;examines shifts in the participants, practices and processes of welfare administration; presents original empirical case studies that highlight the effects of reforming welfare governance on welfare subjects, staff and agencies;provides a much-needed international and comparative perspective of changing welfare governance. This book is aimed at scholars and advanced students of sociology, social policy, economics, public administration and management, as well as social policy practitioners and service delivery workers. The book will particularly interest those who want to critically understand the changing interactions between social policy and its administration, their impact on the welfare state, and differences in national experiences.

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Paul Henman lectures in social policy at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has a long-standing interest in the inter-relationship between policy making, public administration and new information technologies. Menno Fenger is Assistant Professor of public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University. His research focuses on stability and change in public policy, specifically in the field of social policy.


Introduction: Administering wefare reform ~ Menno Fenger and Paul Henman; Welfare reform as governance reform: the prospects of governmentality perspective ~ Paul Henman; Part A: Participants: reforming the agents of welfare delivery; State-third sector partnership frameworks: from administration to participation ~ Deena White; Shifts in welfare governance: state, market and non-profit sector in four European countries ~ Menno Fenger; From charity to 'not for profit': changes in the role and structure of voluntary social service agencies ~ Jo Barnes; Part B: Practices: the welfare governance of street-level practices; 'Ending welfare as we know it': welfare reform in the United States ~ Joel F. Handler; The new governance of Australian welfare: street-level contigencies ~ Cosmo Howard; The administration of transformation: a case study of implementing welfare reform in the UK ~ Sharon Wright; Part C: Processes: the changing spaces of welfare governance; Administering global welfare: public management, governance and the new role of INGOs ~ Gaby Ramia; The fight against unemployment as a main concern of the European social policy: the implications of a new, local level approach ~ Carla Valadas; From government fragmentation to local governance: welfare reforms and lost opportunities in Italy ~ Yuri Kazepov and Angela Genova; Administering welfare reforms: reflections ~ Paul Henman and Menno Fenger.

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/03/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781861346520
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781861346520
  • ISBN10: 1861346522

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