Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo and Miller Chris

in The dilemmas of development work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303732 | DOI:

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This chapter provides an introduction which aims to reconnect the analysis of current developments with an important but dormant tradition in social policy implementation at ‘street’ or ‘community’ level in different contexts, including the US and Britain. It updates an earlier theorization of the dilemmas of implementation by drawing on reflections on contemporary professional ethics, rooted in debates in moral philosophy and political theory, current debates about the modernization of governance and psycho-social perspectives on emotion, identity and ethical agency. It seeks to introduce some new ways of thinking about the challenges of development work, but all new developments draw on and are nourished by past traditions. It argues that development work occurs across the terrain at the interface between the state and civil society, at the point where representative and participatory democracy meet.

Keywords: social policy implementation; street level; community level; implementation; professional ethics; moral philosophy; political theory; psycho-social perspectives; development work

Chapter.  4480 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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