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Welfare state reforms as seen through changing skills and knowledge

Welfare state reforms as seen through changing skills and knowledge

Lethbridge, Jane ORCID: 0000-0002-0094-9967 (2012) Welfare state reforms as seen through changing skills and knowledge. In: 30th International Labour Process Conference, 27-29 Mar 2012, Stockholm University, Sweden. (Unpublished)

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The role of professionals has been challenged, as part of welfare state reforms, resulting in a different labour process, characterised by de-skilling. This article examines the changing skills and knowledge that have affected three ‘social service professional’ groups (teachers, nurses and social workers) as seen through changes in service delivery, basic training and graduate entry, organisational arrangements for training policies and codes of conduct. This is a comparative study of the three groups in the United Kingdom. It compares the position in the early Welfare State with more recent public sector reforms. This article highlights the fundamental changes in skills and knowledge that are being introduced in ‘social service professions’, which impact on their ability to fulfil a role within the welfare state. Considering the original role of these professional groups in guaranteeing social rights for citizens, different skills and knowledge are affecting the extent to which they fulfil their traditional roles.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was first presented at the 30th International Labour Process Conference, (ILPC), held from 27th-29th March 2012 at Stockholm University, Sweden.
Uncontrolled Keywords: nurses, professionals, social workers, teachers, Welfare State
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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