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Agents of the Welfare State

How Caseworkers Respond to Need in the United States, Germany, and Sweden

Authors: Jewell, C.

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This book shows how responsiveness in European welfare programs is institutionalized through nationally distinct legal foundations, professional traditions, and resource networks, while revealing how resource scarcities threaten to erode these capabilities.

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CHRISTOPHER J. JEWELL is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.

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'Agents of the Welfare State is not about the usual grand 'worlds of welfare capitalism' but about the soldiers on the front-line. It is about social case workers in action: 'entitlement scholars' in Germany, 'consultation experts' in Sweden, and 'eligibility technicians' in the United States. Jewell compares welfare delivery and 'activation' schemes in these three countries, the first time anyone has attempted an international comparative study of the welfare state at the street-level. In Agents of the Welfare State, Jewell brings us face to face with some of the real worlds of welfare, replete with all their national quirks and local idiosyncrasies.'

- Stephan Leibfried, The University of Bremen'As workfare and activation policies spread across the globe,Christopher Jewell offers a much-needed comparative examination of how these policies operate in practice. This book adopts a 'street-level' perspective, examining activation practices in selected local offices in the U.S., Sweden, and Germany.While formal policies seem to be moving toward convergence, Jewell questions whether that is also true for activation in practice. Jewell's comparative, street-level approach identifies important administrative and political factors that distinguish activation practices in different national settings. His approach makes for a highly readable and valuable work of comparative social policy and administration scholarship. It should be of great interest to those concerned with current shifts in welfare policy and how they reconstitute state-citizen relationships at the street-level.'

- Evelyn Brodkin, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Book Overview: Responding to Need in Diverse State Settings

    Jewell, Christopher J.

    Pages 1-18

  • Linking Welfare Caseworker Decision Making to State Institutions

    Jewell, Christopher J.

    Pages 19-36

  • Welfare Caseworkers in California, the United States: Eligibility Technicians and the Regulation of Desert

    Jewell, Christopher J.

    Pages 37-55

  • Welfare Caseworkers in Bremen, Germany: Entitlement Scholars in a Highly Regulated State

    Jewell, Christopher J.

    Pages 57-80

  • Welfare Caseworkers in Malmö, Sweden: Social Workers and the Consultation Culture

    Jewell, Christopher J.

    Pages 81-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agents of the Welfare State
Book Subtitle
How Caseworkers Respond to Need in the United States, Germany, and Sweden
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Christoper J. Jewell
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60725-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230607255
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8411-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53964-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 246
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