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Scandal, Social Policy and Social Welfare: (Revised second edition) [Paperback]

Mark Drakeford , Ian Butler
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31 Oct 2006
Scandals do not just happen. They are made. They are constructed out of such everyday tragedies as the small carelessnesses and institutional brutality of the long-stay hospital, the abuse of children 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 Climbié 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 whereby the 'story' of a particular scandal is told and its meaning fixed. Using transcripts, press coverage, materials from the Public Record Office and other contemporary sources each of the scandals described in the book is located in its own historical and policy context in order to explore the complex cause and effect relationship between public policy and scandal.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861347464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861347466
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 793,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviews of the first edition: "This thought-provoking and enjoyable book offers a concise summary of historical trends and theoretical perspectives that helps the reader to see how the Climbie case, like other welfare scandals and inquiries, has both contributed to, and been shaped by, underlying seismic policy shifts." Child and Family Social Work "... an original and thought-provoking book which is very much to be welcomed." Journal of Social Policy

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Ian Butler is Professor of Social Work at the School of Social Relations, Keele University. Mark Drakeford is Professor of Social Policy & Applied Social Sciences in the School of Social Sciences, University of Wales, Cardiff.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for a lecture 5 Oct 2013
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And I read it all of the way through. This is required reading for anyone who thinks it hasn't all happened before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sad story doomed to be forever repeated 20 Aug 2013
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This is both an analysis of the development of social policy and a commentary on how scandal helps to engineer changes in govetrnment policy towards the disadvantaged and powerless. It uses case studies from across the last 150 years and covering adult and child social care. Some chapters focus in detail on specific examples (Ely Hospital, Maria Colwell, Clunis) but others are more wide-ranging (child welfare, community care, children's residential care). It is a fascinating and disturbing story that highlights how little happens without tragedy - probably the situation with government regulation the world over. It is a measure of the story that four or five other chapters could easily be added on what has happened since the book was first written. 'The Final Chapter?' is titled more in hope than expectation. A strong and fascinating book, but the idea of a continuous narrative might have been strengthened by more evidence from the period 1900-1950 and a section on serious incidents that did NOT become scandals might also have been interesting - for every Maria Colwell headline, there are a hundred children whose sad fate received little attention.
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