Download Nordic social policy: changing welfare states by Matti Heikkila, Bjorn Hvinden, Mikko Kautto, Staffan PDF

By Matti Heikkila, Bjorn Hvinden, Mikko Kautto, Staffan Marklund, Niels Ploug

For a very long time the Nordic welfare version has epitomised a potential `middle method' among predominantly country and industry ideologies, a stability among fiscal progress and social justice. notwithstanding, the industrial crises, in Denmark within the Nineteen Eighties and extra lately in Sweden and Finland, have raised questions about the sustainability of this sort of welfare nation. The desirability of a beneficiant welfare process has even been debated in the Nordic nations themselves. in other places the hot monetary crises in Sweden and Finland were interpreted as indicators of the upcoming cave in of the Nordic version; and market-based strategies and regulations became more and more well-liked. The destiny of Nordic social coverage is for that reason of significance not just to Nordic nations, but additionally to social coverage extra commonly. This ebook, full of wealthy empirical research, is a well timed contribution to the talk. Nordic Social coverage appears extensive on the altering preconditions for social coverage, the adjustments in social rules and the advance within the welfare of the folks. In different phrases, the point of interest is on what has really occurred in social regulations and the impression at the welfare of people and households. Taken as a complete, many of the analyses within the ebook supply a great foundation for finding out even if the Nordic welfare states have given up their `middle way`.

The e-book is due to the the collective and coordinated paintings of greater than 20 Nordic social researchers over a long time. it truly is geared up into 3 elements. the 1st studies the altering preconditions for the welfare kingdom, the second one includes analyses of the social rules themselves, and the 3rd examines welfare results. The altering preconditions comprise voters' aid for the welfare nation, altering demographic and relations constructions and the political and monetary improvement. The empirical research stories rules akin to labour marketplace activation and social safeguard in funds and sort, in addition to welfare results equivalent to source of revenue inequality, poverty, marginalization, and social exclusion.

The result of the analyses are notable, even though at occasions underplayed by means of the authors. commonly, the insights should be summarised in 3 issues. First major end: 'yes, preconditions and political rhetoric have certainly changed'. moment: 'but no social guidelines have replaced essentially, even though a few were trimmed and others expanded'. 3rd, and most significantly: 'there aren't any symptoms that monetary downturns have long past hand in hand with expanding inequalities'. fairly good and profitable welfare guidelines are hence the hallmark of Nordic social coverage within the Nineteen Nineties. "Business as ordinary in an strange global" might for this reason be a extra applicable subtitle for Nordic Social coverage than the a bit of deceptive "Changing Welfare States".

This isn't to claim that vital alterations haven't happened. certainly the authors be aware that the rules have replaced in the direction of a better emphasis on activation in social defense, and a few advantages in either funds and sort were lower and others superior. This, even if, should be noticeable as trimming and adapting, instead of a wholesale departure from the foundations of common, beneficiant merits, and a wide function is still for the country vis-á-vis different actors. one other switch is that kids in Finland, Sweden and Norway are encountering expanding monetary problems relative to different age teams - quite older those that can now not be considered as one of the such a lot economically susceptible teams within the Nordic nations. The booklet is a infrequent contribution to comparative social coverage in bringing jointly researchers from varied nations and asking them collaborate below a universal study framework and with unique facts. The authors successfully spoil the myths from either the left and correct in regards to the situation of the welfare kingdom and the worsening social problems.

However, it'll have been instructive to discover how social rules paintings to avoid social difficulties from happening in hostile financial situations. certainly the publication as a complete indicates that the Nordic welfare kingdom avoided frequent poverty as a result of the surprising and intensely deep recessions in Sweden and Finland, and in addition means that their accomplished welfare platforms have contributed to their speedy restoration. even if the examine issues to the inadequacy of statements at the destiny of the welfare country and welfare results in keeping with combination measures, it fails to spot the mechanisms at play. For instance, quite unchanged source of revenue distributions don't suggest that not anything of significance has replaced. as an example, think that the complete inhabitants or significant segments of it go to pot off, as used to be kind of the case in Finland within the early Nineties. this kind of scenario doesn't appear dramatically in information on source of revenue inequality. notwithstanding, the industrial place of profit recipients has commonly deteriorated relative to individuals with earned source of revenue within the Nineteen Nineties, not just in Finland, but additionally in Sweden and Denmark. consequently, precise reports of tax/benefits platforms may well support to bare the impression at the health of individuals and - from a extra financial point of view - on questions of labor incentives. in a different way ahead could be to distinction the Finnish and Swedish adventure with that of alternative nations with financial problems, yet with forms of welfare country, if any. regularly, it'd be fascinating to place the total research into viewpoint and evaluate the advancements in non-Nordic international locations, and so determine other ways to, and results of, welfare. even though, the editors be aware that it really is an on-going study venture which plans to incorporate extra nations in its subsequent part. With no less than Britain and Germany between them, this could facilitate comparisons with different archetypical welfare states in related settings.

Overall, this booklet is a superb assortment of analyses which convey a lot new fabric and jointly offer a different starting place for assessing the country of social coverage and welfare within the Nordic nations. The e-book merits to be learn by way of all people attracted to social coverage in a comparative viewpoint.

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Download Integration und Lebensführung: Ein forschungsgestützter by Peter Sommerfeld PDF

By Peter Sommerfeld

Soziale Arbeit bildet sich am Integrationsproblem der modernen, demokratisch verfassten Gesellschaften. Diese leitende gesellschaftstheoretische Bestimmung der Sozialen Arbeit führt zur Frage nach dem dynamischen Zusammenspiel von Individuen und sozialen Systemen, in das die Praxis der Sozialen Arbeit interveniert. Zusammen mit dem Begriff der Lebensführung wird eine begriffliche Grundlage für die Theoriebildung der Sozialen Arbeit skizziert, die als Grundlage für eine empirische Studie zu Re-Integrationsprozessen nach stationären Aufenthalten (in der Psychiatrie, dem Gefängnis, dem Frauenhaus) verwendet wurde. Mittels eines innovativen Mixed-Methods-Designs, das biografische und klinische Interviews mit einem quantitativen Monitoring-Verfahren kombiniert hat, wurden sixteen Fälle über einen Zeitraum von bis zu einem Jahr nach der Entlassung begleitet. Die Forschungsergebnisse zeichnen ein reichhaltiges und tiefgehendes Bild der systemischen, psycho-sozialen Dynamik der menschlichen Lebensführung in „sozialen Figurationen“.

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Download Activation or Workfare? Governance and the Neo-Liberal by Ivar Lodemel, Amilcar Moreira PDF

By Ivar Lodemel, Amilcar Moreira

The decade of the 20 th century was once marked via a shift in how welfare-states take care of these on the backside of the source of revenue ladder. This shift concerned the introduction/strengthening of work-obligations as a for receiving minimal source of revenue merits - which, in a few international locations, used to be complemented by means of efforts to assist recipients go back to the labour marketplace, specifically throughout the funding in energetic labour marketplace guidelines (ALMP).

Based on case-studies of advancements within the US and 8 eu international locations (UK, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic), this publication argues that this primary set of reforms was once by means of a moment wave of reforms that, while deepening the trail in the direction of the focal point on paintings, brings very important thoughts- be it the instruments used to assist recipients again to the labour markets (ex., monetary incentives) and in how activation guidelines are added (ex., integration of profit and employment services).

Looking on the array of advancements brought in this interval, we determine key traits.
The first matters the strengthening of the position of the industry within the governance of activation, that is seen within the strengthening of the focal point on paintings, or the marketisation of employment providers. the second one, issues a flow in the direction of the individualisation of carrier supply, obvious within the enlargement of using own motion plans or in efforts to streamline provider supply.

Finally, we convey that the onset of the sovereign debt problem in Europe, has prompted a brand new wave of reforms. while tentative in simple terms, our research issues to a being concerned development of the curtailment or merits (Portugal) and activation providers (Netherlands, Czech Republic) to minimal source of revenue recipients and, in parallel, one more deepening of the point of interest on work-conditionality (UK and Norway).

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Download Family Psychoeducation for Serious Mental Illness by Harriet P. Lefley PDF

By Harriet P. Lefley

Study indicates that many adults with critical psychological disease dwell with or keep touch with their households. yet households are not often given information regarding their relative's ailment and their very own wishes for aid are missed. To be optimally helpful, kin and different caregivers want schooling concerning the disease, a few wisdom of sickness administration thoughts, and private aid. relations psychoeducation (FPE) is a strong evidence-based psychosocial intervention that serves shoppers and their families.

FPE has confirmed efficacious in decreasing relapse and hospitalization, decreasing signs, expanding employability of people with critical and chronic psychological disease, and, in lots of instances, bettering their households' future health. Its luck rests with a cutting-edge schooling version for bettering caregivers' realizing in their enjoyed one's affliction via studying what's identified and never recognized approximately it and the way to evaluate and take care of its manifestations. the following, within the first ebook of its sort, Harriet P. Lefley strains the heritage of FPE -- together with the advancements in psychological future health prone and structures and theoretical methods that tell it -- and the strong empirical facts it now claims after a quarter-century of improvement and overview at significant examine facilities all over the world. offering first the approach's ordinary elements, education versions, and required expertise, Lefley then discusses the to be had diversifications, reminiscent of family members schooling (FE), a short manualized kind of FPE provided by means of professionally proficient kin that has a few empirical aid for wisdom profits and easing kin misery. the result's a complete, functional creation to relatives psychoeducation that severely appraises the facts and examines the model's position in modern psychological wellbeing and fitness systems.

This groundbreaking quantity is a perfect education instrument for graduate scholars of social paintings, psychology, and psychiatry and a beneficial addition to the clinician's armamentarium of evidence-based practices for consumers with critical psychological sickness.

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Download Organization Practice: A Guide to Understanding Human by Mary Katherine O'Connor PDF

By Mary Katherine O'Connor

Human carrier organisations are below expanding strain to illustrate that their courses paintings. association perform, moment version is helping scholars and pros in human providers and nonprofit administration comprehend advanced behaviors in enterprises. This new version offers a brand new, functional version for knowing cultural identities inside corporations. additionally, it truly is considerably revised to incorporate quite a few real-world situations, severe pondering questions, empirical aid, and interesting routines. Social staff, in addition to public healthiness and nonprofit directors will enjoy the insights during this e-book.

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Download Einführung in die Freizeitwissenschaft by Horst W. Opaschowski PDF

By Horst W. Opaschowski

Freizeit ist die frei zur Verfügung stehende Zeit des Menschen, vor allem im Gegensatz zur Arbeitszeit. In einer Gesellschaft, in der diese Zeiten quantitativ zunehmen, versteht sich die Freizeitforschung als interdisziplinäre Spektrumswissenschaft für die Freizeitbereiche Tourismus, Medien, Kultur, activity, Spiel und Unterhaltungskonsum. Das Lehrbuch führt grundlegend in Frage- und Problemstellungen der Freizeitwissenschaft ein und stellt das pädagogische, soziologische und psychologische Basiswissen zur Verfügung.

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Download Protecting Powers: Emergency Intervention for Children's by Judith Masson, Deborah McGovern, Kathy Pick, Maureen Winn PDF

By Judith Masson, Deborah McGovern, Kathy Pick, Maureen Winn Oakley

The e-book relies on examine tasks on emergency intervention, that have been conducted by way of the writer and her colleagues. The stories give you the foundation for the 3 topics within the ebook: Inter-agency operating; Perceptions of protection; and site and source matters. the combo of quantitative and qualitative learn permits a close photograph of perform that is going past an account of what occurs, to discover the perceptions, understandings and reports of the practitioners who make those judgements, as social employees, cops magistrates’ felony advisers or magistrates, and of the attorneys who recommend social staff and fogeys.

The publication presents a serious account of present perform in emergency baby safeguard, it identifies strong perform and make proposals for reform.

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