First published in 1997, this volume aimed to study social care services as a specific type of social policy that operates on a different set of principles as supportive services rather than as poor relief or social security work. The focus is on determining what is specifically Scandinavian about the world-famous Scandinavian welfare state, with studies on issues including the origins of four social care service models, the development of local authority social services in Iceland and social services as a gender issue.
1. Introduction. Jorma Sipilä. 2. New Policies, New Words – the Service Concept in Scandinavian Social Policy. Lennart Nygren with Margit Andersson, Guđný Eydal, Sten-Erik Hammarqvist, Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala and Hanne Warming Nielsen. 3. A Multitude of Universal, Public Services – How and Why Did Four Scandinavian Countries Get Their Social Care Service Model? Jorma Sipilä with Margit Andersson, Sten-Erik Hammarqvist, Lars Nordlander, Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala, Kåre Thomsen and Hanne Warming Nielsen. 4. The Development of Local Authority Social Services in Iceland. Ingibjörg Broddadóttir, Guđný Eydal, Steinunn Hrafnsdóttir and H. Sigurveig Sigurđardóttir. 5. From Poor Relief to Social Rights and Social Care Services’ Clienthood. Outi Ketola, Kåre Thomsen and Hanne Warming Nielsen. 6. Local Government in Scandinavia: Autonomous or Integrated into the Welfare State? Teppo Kröger. 7. The Scandinavian Model as Seen from a Local Perspective. Jan-Inge Hanssen. 8. Why are Social Care Services a Gender Issue? Pirkko-Liisa Rauhala with Margit Andersson, Guđný Eydal, Outi Ketola and Hanne Warming Nielsen. 9. The Scandinavian Social Service State in Comparison. Peter Abrahamson.
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