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The poverty of nations: a relational perspective. (2020)
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SPICKER, P. 2020. The poverty of nations: a relational perspective. Bristol: Policy Press [online]. Available from: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/the-poverty-of-nations

In this persuasive study, social welfare and policy expert Paul Spicker makes a case for a relational view of poverty. Poverty is much more than a lack of resources. It involves a complex set of social relationships, such as economic disadvantage, in... Read More about The poverty of nations: a relational perspective..

Thinking collectively: social policy, collective action and the common good. (2019)
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SPICKER, P. 2019. Thinking collectively: social policy, collective action and the common good. Bristol: Policy press [online]. Available from: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/thinking-collectively

In this book, well-respected author Paul Spicker lends a complementary voice to his Reclaiming Individualism, reviewing collectivism as a dimension of political discourse. Breaking down his analysis to examine collectivism through substantive, moral... Read More about Thinking collectively: social policy, collective action and the common good..

Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state. (2017)
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SPICKER, P. 2017. Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state. Translated to Arabic by H.M.I. Matter. Berlin: Democratic Arabic Centre [online]. Available from: http://democraticac.de/?p=46477

This book is about social policy and administration, which is a field of study mainly concerned with 'social welfare' and the 'social services'. Social policy is not a self-contained academic discipline. The book attempts to draw material together an... Read More about Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state..

Interest representation in the European Union. (2017)
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GREENWOOD, J. Interest representation in the European Union. 4th ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan [online]. Available from: https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/Interest-Representation-in-the-European-Union/?K=9781137491312

Why is the EU so reliant upon exchanges with interest organisations? What safeguards have been developed to prevent capture by special interests, and how effective are these? How does the EU system of interest representation compare with those of oth... Read More about Interest representation in the European Union..

Arguments for welfare: the welfare state and social policy. (2017)
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SPICKER, P. 2017. Arguments for welfare: the welfare state and social policy. London: Rowman and Littlefield International Ltd [online]. Available from: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/arguments_for_welfare/3-156-b8676521-173c-4557-9489-01d73d466f67

This book makes the case for the welfare state. Nearly every government in the developed world offers some form of social protection, and measures to improve the social and economic well-being of its citizens. However, the provision of welfare is und... Read More about Arguments for welfare: the welfare state and social policy..

What's wrong with social security benefits? (2017)
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SPICKER, P. 2017. What's wrong with social security benefits? Bristol: Policy Press [online]. Available from: https://policypress.co.uk/whats-wrong-with-social-security-benefits

In this thought-provoking book, Paul Spicker challenges readers to rethink social security benefits in Britain. Putting a case for reform of the system, Spicker argues that most of the criticisms made of social security benefits – that spending is ou... Read More about What's wrong with social security benefits?.

Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state. (2013)
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SPICKER, P. 2013. Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state. [Self-published]

Author's note, 2013 Principles of social welfare was my second book. First published 1988 by Routledge, ISBN 0-415-00630-9 and 0-415-00631-7. The rights to publish have reverted to me,and I am making it freely available on the internet. The book was... Read More about Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking about the welfare state..

Stigma and social welfare. (2011)
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SPICKER, P. 2011. Stigma and social welfare. [Self-published]

This book looks at the concept of stigma in the context of social welfare. The idea of 'social welfare' is commonly identified with the 'social services'. Both terms are regrettably unclear. 'Welfare' can be taken to mean 'relief'; a 'welfare recipie... Read More about Stigma and social welfare..

The origins of modern welfare: Juan Luis Vives; on the relief of the poor, or of human need. (2011)
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SPICKER, P. (eds.) 2020. The origins of modern welfare: Juan Luis Vives: on the relief of the poor, or of human need. 2020 edition. Oxford: Peter Lang. Hosted on Paul Spicker's blog [online], 1. Available from: https://tinyurl.com/b6tfvka9

This book presents new translations of the earliest known studies in Social Policy. Juan-Luis Vives’s De Subventione Pauperum (On the Relief of the Poor) is an academic report on the organisation of social welfare, prepared for the senate of Bruges a... Read More about The origins of modern welfare: Juan Luis Vives; on the relief of the poor, or of human need..

The origins of modern welfare: city of Ypres, the government of poor relief. (2011)
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SPICKER, P. (eds.) 2020. The origins of modern welfare: city of Ypres, the government of poor relief. 2020 edition. Oxford: Peter Lang. Hosted on Paul Spicker's blog [online], 2. Available from: https://tinyurl.com/wzm8vhdc

The two books included in The Origins of Modern Welfare are probably the earliest studies ever written in the field of Social Policy, and among the earliest written about public administration. Social Policy is the study of welfare, policy and admini... Read More about The origins of modern welfare: city of Ypres, the government of poor relief..

Poverty: an international glossary. (2007)
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SPICKER, P., LEGUIZAMÓN, S.A. and GORDON, D. (eds.) 2007. Poverty: an international glossary. CROP international studies in poverty research [online]. 2nd edition. London: Zed Books. Available from: https://www.crop.org/viewfile.aspx?id=238

This second edition of this highly-successful glossary provides an exhaustive and authoritative guide to over 200 technical terms used in contemporary scholarly research on poverty. It seeks to make researchers, students and policy makers aware of th... Read More about Poverty: an international glossary..

Communication skills for effective management. (2004)
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HARGIE, O., DICKSON, D. and TOURISH, D. 2004. Communication skills for effective management. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan [online]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4039-3893-0

It is now widely recognized that communication is at the very heart of effective management. There is therefore an ever-expanding demand for valid and generalizable information on how best to relate to people in organizational contexts. Communication... Read More about Communication skills for effective management..

The welfare state: a general theory. (2000)
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SPICKER, P. 2000. The welfare state: a general theory. London: Sage. Hosted on Paul Spicker's blog [online]. Available from: https://tinyurl.com/yxl44olq

A major orginal work of social theory, this book presents a distinctive and tightly argued theoretical model for understanding the basis of welfare in society. The author develops a theory of welfare based on a series of basic propositions: that peop... Read More about The welfare state: a general theory..