How to Fix the Welfare State

Some Ideas for Better Social Services

How to Fix the Welfare State
Paul Spicker
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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. The British welfare state is traditionally understood to be comprised of five main services: health, housing, social security, education and the ' personal social services' , such as social care and child protection. In this book, Paul Spicker offers an original take on the role of the state in relation to these services, along with three other areas where institutional services have been developed: employment services, equalities and public services, such as roads, parks, libraries and rescue services. Dismissing false and misleading narratives, this book profiles the real problems that need to be addressed and offers inspiration for a better path forward.
Paul Spicker is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. His research has included studies of poverty, need, disadvantage and service delivery. His books on social policy for Policy Press have discussed the poverty, social security and the theory of social policy, and a leading textbook, ' Social Policy: Theory and Practice' .