Agents of the Welfare State: How Caseworkers Respond to Need in the United States, Germany, and Sweden (Paperback)Christopher J. Jewell (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2007
'Agents of the Welfare State is not about the usual grand 'worlds of welfare capitalism' but about the soldiers on the front-line. It is about social case workers in action: 'entitlement scholars' in Germany, 'consultation experts' in Sweden, and 'eligibility technicians' in the United States. Jewell compares welfare delivery and 'activation' schemes in these three countries, the first time anyone has attempted an international comparative study of the welfare state at the street-level. In Agents of the Welfare State, Jewell brings us face to face with some of the real worlds of welfare, replete with all their national quirks and local idiosyncrasies.'
- Stephan Leibfried, The University of Bremen'As workfare and activation policies spread across the globe,Christopher Jewell offers a much-needed comparative examination of how these policies operate in practice. This book adopts a 'street-level' perspective, examining activation practices in selected local offices in the U.S., Sweden, and Germany.While formal policies seem to be moving toward convergence, Jewell questions whether that is also true for activation in practice. Jewell's comparative, street-level approach identifies important administrative and political factors that distinguish activation practices in different national settings. His approach makes for a highly readable and valuable work of comparative social policy and administration scholarship. It should be of great interest to those concerned with current shifts in welfare policy and how they reconstitute state-citizen relationships at the street-level.'
- Evelyn Brodkin, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
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