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Community Social Work in a Market Environment: A British-American exchange of technologies and experience

ROGER HADLEY and BRIAN LEIDY

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 26, issue 6, pages 823-842
Published in print December 1996 | ISSN: 0045-3102
e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011162
Community Social Work in a Market Environment: A British-American exchange of technologies and experience

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Community social work, which flourished in Britain in the late 1970s and through much of the 1980s, has been sidelined in recent years by the combined development of market-oriented policies and managerialism. However, certain recent initiatives in human services in the USA, a country which has moved far further towards a contract culture than Britain, show that some American practitioners are increasingly critical of the perceived limitations of their own system and are now seeking to borrow from earlier British experience in making it more integrated, localized and community-oriented. This paper explores the example of an American county human services agency which has moved in this direction and considers its relevance for the survival and future development of community oriented social work and social services in the quasi-market environment which is emerging in Britain.

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Subjects: Social Work

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