The New Labour government in the UK is committed to a programme of reform of the welfare state that will pull away safety nets and replace them by trampolines, to bounce citizens back into active participation. Its regime of 'tough love' will make more demands on those claiming benefits and services, as well as clamping down on dependencey, fraud and crime. This will be done by changing the culture of welfare agencies, towards promoting achievement and independence, as well as meeting 'genuine need'. In Social Work and the Third Way, Bill Jordan provides an accessible and lively analysis of the tensions between 'toughness' and 'love' in the Third Way's political philosophy, and the problems of implementing New Labour

Values, Morals and Emotions: The Shifting Ethical Foundations of Social Work

Values, Morals and Emotions: The Shifting Ethical Foundations of Social Work

Values, morals and emotions: The shifting ethical foundations of social work

The Third Way has been described as an attempt to change the moral and political culture of the United Kingdom (Marquand, 1998; 6, 1999a). The Prime Minister regularly takes the moral high ground in his political speeches, and does not shrink from demanding fundamental moral shifts in social relations among citizens – for instance, in his speech to the 1999 Labour Party Conference (Blair, 1999b). These cultural developments, partly attempts to lead society from above, partly efforts to surf the wave of changes already occurring spontaneously in society, have important implications for social work and its place in social policy.

At the same time, the ...

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