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Neo-liberalism, social exclusion and welfare clients in a global economy

Neo-liberalism, social exclusion and welfare clients in a global economy
Neo-liberalism, social exclusion and welfare clients in a global economy
Globalization has played a major role in redefining the nature of the welfare state and the ways in which social work practice is being undertaken in a number of different countries. Moreover, its impact has been to exacerbate gendered and racialized social relations. In this article, I explore the changes that globalization has wrought on the social work profession. These have resulted in neo-liberialist policies that have contributed to the realization of a purchaser-provider split in service delivery, the commodification of inter-personal relationships embodied in caring work and the creation of a technicist cadre to deal with vulnerable people in need. I conclude by arguing that social workers need to engage in a public debate which challenges this state of affairs and form alliances with clients, professional associations, trade unions, politicians and other professional groupings in order to set a new welfare agenda which replaces profit-making with social justice to ensure that needs-led assessments and people are at the heart of their professional remit.
globalization, neo-liberalism, social exclusion, market-driven needs assessment, social work, social policy
1369-6866
14-22
Dominelli, L.
486593e9-1744-41ae-9b2d-108eebed51b6
Dominelli, L.
486593e9-1744-41ae-9b2d-108eebed51b6

Dominelli, L. (1999) Neo-liberalism, social exclusion and welfare clients in a global economy. International Journal of Social Welfare, 8 (1), 14-22. (doi:10.1111/1468-2397.00058).

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Globalization has played a major role in redefining the nature of the welfare state and the ways in which social work practice is being undertaken in a number of different countries. Moreover, its impact has been to exacerbate gendered and racialized social relations. In this article, I explore the changes that globalization has wrought on the social work profession. These have resulted in neo-liberialist policies that have contributed to the realization of a purchaser-provider split in service delivery, the commodification of inter-personal relationships embodied in caring work and the creation of a technicist cadre to deal with vulnerable people in need. I conclude by arguing that social workers need to engage in a public debate which challenges this state of affairs and form alliances with clients, professional associations, trade unions, politicians and other professional groupings in order to set a new welfare agenda which replaces profit-making with social justice to ensure that needs-led assessments and people are at the heart of their professional remit.

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Published date: 1999
Keywords: globalization, neo-liberalism, social exclusion, market-driven needs assessment, social work, social policy

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Local EPrints ID: 33651
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33651
ISSN: 1369-6866
PURE UUID: 136748f3-b57c-4eb4-98a7-7fc05c9ffc49

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Date deposited: 10 Nov 2006
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:07

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