Journal Article

Scientific Management, Bureau-Professionalism, New Managerialism: The Labour Process of State Social Work

JOHN HARRIS

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 6, pages 839-862
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011404
Scientific Management, Bureau-Professionalism, New Managerialism: The Labour Process of State Social Work

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An outline is provided of radical social work writers' use of Braverman's labour process thesis on scientific management to account for developments in state social work in the late 197Os/early 1980s. The advocacy of a scientific management model in radical social work texts is tested against the existence of a bureau-professional social work labour process in the 1970s/early 1980s. The nature of this bureau-professional labour process is explored and then used as a baseline from which to chart developments in state social work in the late 1980s/1990s towards a new managerialist labour process.

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Subjects: Social Work

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