The subject of social administration

Pete Alcock

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI:
The subject of social administration

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This chapter deals with the appointment of Richard Titmuss, which is described as ‘social administration’. The professional association which he later co-sponsored is initially called the Social Administration Association. It notes that this has now become the Social Policy Association (SPA) and more generally today the subject is referred to as ‘social policy’ rather than ‘social administration’. It observes that Titmuss's lecture to the new association dismisses an interpretation of administration as the narrow concern with management and technical planning; and his own work encompasses concern with theory and politics as well as organisation and process. It further adds that another current controversy is the extent to which social policy constitutes an academic discipline rather than (merely) a field of study.

Keywords: social administration; Social Administration Association; Social Policy Association; social policy; management; theory; organisation; politics; technical planning

Chapter.  4402 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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