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Spicker, Paul

Works: 93 works in 397 publications in 3 languages and 10,283 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Reference works  Cross-cultural studies  Case studies  Terminology  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Paul Spicker
Social policy in a changing society by Maurice Mullard( )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 2,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Linking policy with theory, this introduction to social policy considers a range of interpretations of changes in society, politics and the economy, and assesses their implications for social welfare
Poverty : an international glossary by Paul Spicker( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A limited number of definitions have dominated academic and political discourse and poverty understanding over the last few decades. The aim of this "glossary" is to widen the choice of definitions available, thereby expanding the scientific field of poverty research so it gets closer to the complex reality of poverty and the lives of poor people. This book has over 200 definitions and explanations of terms used with poverty.--[from book]
How social security works : an introduction to benefits in Britain by Paul Spicker( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social security is a difficult subject. The system is highly complex, and the details change rapidly. This new textbook is an accessible, broadly based introduction which can help readers to make sense of the system
Liberty, equality, fraternity by Paul Spicker( )

14 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Spicker's new book takes the three founding principles of the French Revolution - liberty, equality, fraternity - and examines how they relate to social policy today. The book considers the political and moral dimensions of a wide range of social policies, and offers a different way of thinking about each subject from the way it is usually analysed."--Jacket
The origins of modern welfare : Juan Luis Vives, De subventione pauperum, and City of Ypres, Forma subventionis pauperum by Paul Spicker( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents new translations of the earliest known studies in Social Policy. Juan-Luis Vives's De Subventione Pauperum (On the Relief of the Poor) is an academic report on the organisation of social welfare, prepared for the senate of Bruges and published in 1526. Forma Subventionis Pauperum (The government of poor relief), published in 1531, is an anonymous evaluation report. It reviews the system of poor relief in the city of Ypres, five years after the policy was introduced. These reports lay out methods and approaches for the delivery of social services within their cities. Unemployed people should be found work or helped to start a business. People with disabilities or mental illness should be treated seriously and recognised for what they can do. Migrants should be helped, even if it is not possible to assist everyone. Special efforts should be made to help people who are reluctant or too proud to claim. Services have to be properly organised, records have to be kept and the use of funds has to be publicly accountable and subject to audit. The sophistication of the arguments developed in these studies will surprise many readers. They deserve to be read by everyone with an interest in social policy or public administration
Reclaiming individualism : perspectives on public policy by Paul Spicker( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Reclaiming individualism' reviews the scope of individualist approaches to public policy, considering how they shape contemporary policy practices. It argues for a concept of individualism based on rights, human dignity, shared interests, and social protection, providing a thorough analysis and classification of individualism as applied to social and public policy. An important resource for those working or studying in these fields, it is a powerful restatement of some of the key values that led to the establishment of individualism as such a strong social force"--Provided by publisher
What's wrong with social security benefits? by Paul Spicker( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this thought-provoking book, Paul Spicker challenges us to rethink social security benefits. Focusing on the UK system, he puts forward a case for reform, arguing that most of the criticisms made of social security benefits that spending is out of control, that it has led to mushrooming dependency, that it fails to get people into work, and that the system is riddled with fraud are ill-conceived. Addressing these misconceptions, Spicker assesses the real problems with the system, problems that derive from its size, its complexity, the expectation that benefits agencies should know everything, and the determination to personalize benefits for millions of people. But more than this, Spicker's stimulating introduction to social security in Britain outlines the potential for its reform. --
Thinking collectively : social policy, collective action and the common good by Paul Spicker( )

8 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What does collectivism mean in social policy? What does thinking collectively imply for policy? In this book, [the author] lends a complementary voice to his book, reviewing collectivism as a dimension of political discourse. Breaking down his analysis to examine collectivism through substantive, moral and methodological lenses, he reviews a series of arguments for cooperative effort, solidarity and collective responsibility. Taking a dispassionate and methodical approach, the author explores what collectivism means in social policy and what value it offers to the field."--
Stigma and social welfare by Paul Spicker( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in English and Japanese and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The welfare state : a general theory by Paul Spicker( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on a wide-ranging literature from across the social sciences, Spicker develops his own model for understanding the basis of welfare in society. Through a series of propositions, Spicker develops a theory based on the idea of people as social actors with social rights and moral obligations, and welfare as obtained and maintained through social action in response to people's needs. He argues that the provision of welfare reflects the values of the society in which it takes place, but that welfare implies some level of redistribution. Spicker goes on to consider the role of the state in the provision of welfare, both at the level of the individual and of society, as well as between states."--Jacket
Principles of social welfare : an introduction to thinking about the welfare state by Paul Spicker( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This introductory textbook illustrates how political and social theory is applied to social policy. The theoretical material is related directly to examples to highlight its importance in practice
Arguments for welfare : the welfare state and social policy by Paul Spicker( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book makes the case for the welfare state. Nearly every government in the developed world offers some form of social protection, and measures to improve the social and economic well-being of its citizens. However, the provision of welfare is under attack. The critics argue that welfare states are illegitimate, that things are best left to the market, and that welfare has bad effects on the people who receive it. If we need to be reminded why we ought to have welfare, it is because so many people have come to think that we should not. This book is a short, accessible guide to the arguments. Looking at the common ideas and reoccurring traits of welfare policy across the world, it discusses the meaning of the 'welfare state', the moral basis of social policy, social responsibility, the limits of markets, public service provision and the role of government. With examples from around the world, the book explains why social welfare services should be provided and explores how the principles are applied. Most importantly, it argues for the welfare state's continued value to society. Arguments for Welfare is an ideal primer for practitioners keen to get to grips with the fundamentals of social policy and students of social policy, social work, sociology and politics"--Provided by publisher
Social policy : themes and approaches by Paul Spicker( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the concepts and themes underlying the provision of social welfare, this book draws material from sociology, political theory, economics and public and social administration. It looks at such aspects as the nature of social policy and strategies for social welfare
Poverty and social security : concepts and principles by Paul Spicker( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the disparate nature of poverty, the ways in which it can be understood in practice, and the kind of actions available to those professionals who must deal with it
The international glossary on poverty( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The multidimensional character of poverty becomes clear and a special effort has been made to include non-Western approaches and concepts with a view to facilitating comparative poverty studies
The idea of poverty by Paul Spicker( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Spicker examines views about what poverty is and what should be done about it. 'Poverty' means many different things to different people - for example, lack of money or dependency on benefits. Here, he makes an argument for a participative, inclusive understanding of the term
Policy analysis for practice : applying social policy by Paul Spicker( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People who work in planning, management and service delivery in the public sector need to know how policy is translated into practice, what is happening, and whether a policy works. [This book] introduces students and practitioners to the concepts, methods and techniques required to undertake the analysis and review of policy and its implementation. Focusing on developing understanding and skills for a growing area of practice, it combines material from public and social administration with examples and application to social policy and the social services. The book looks at ways to understand and analyze the main stages of the policy process: developing strategies, identifying aims, examining the situation, choosing methods, implementation and service delivery, and evaluating outcomes. It stresses throughout the role of policy analysis as a political, and not just a technical, activity."--Page 4 of cover
The poverty of nations : a relational perspective by Paul Spicker( )

11 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines poverty in the context of the economy, society and the political community, considering how states can respond to issues of inequality, exclusion and powerlessness. Drawing on examples in both rich and poor countries, this is an accessible contribution to the debate about the nature of poverty and responses to it
Social policy : theory and practice by Paul Spicker( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social Policy: Theory and practice is a fully revised, updated and extended edition of a bestselling social policy textbook, extensively reworked and adapted to meet the needs of its international readership. The book lays out the architecture of social policy as a field of study, binding the discussion of theory to the understanding of social policy in practice. It aims to provide students and practitioners with a sense of the scope, range and purpose of the subject while developing critical awareness of problems, issues and common fallacies. Written in an accessible and engaging style, it explains what social policy is and why it matters; looks at social policy in its social context; considers policy, the role of the state and the social services; explores issues in social administration and service delivery; and focuses on the methods and approaches of the subject. For practitioners, there are discussions of the techniques and approaches used to apply social policy in practice. For students, there are boxes raising issues and reviewing case studies, questions for discussion and a detailed glossary. The book's distinctive, path - breaking approach makes it invaluable for students studying social policy at a range levels, professionals and practitioners in the field of social policy in practice. --back cover
HOW TO FIX THE WELFARE STATE : some ideas for better social services by Paul Spicker( )

2 editions published in 2022 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Spicker offers an original take on the British welfare state. He outlines the structure of services, the impact of false narratives, the real problems that need to be addressed and how we can do things better
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Social policy in a changing society
Poverty : an international glossaryHow social security works : an introduction to benefits in BritainLiberty, equality, fraternityThe origins of modern welfare : Juan Luis Vives, De subventione pauperum, and City of Ypres, Forma subventionis pauperumReclaiming individualism : perspectives on public policyWhat's wrong with social security benefits?Thinking collectively : social policy, collective action and the common goodThe welfare state : a general theory
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