Fundamentals of social work in selected European countries
Historical and political context, present theory, practice, perspectives
Edited by Adrian Adams, Peter Erath and Steven Shardlow

Contains concise and accessible information on the history, politics, theoretical bases and practice of social work in:
  • Czech Republic Oldrich Chytil & Radka Popelková
  • Finland Juha Hämäläinen & Pauli Niemelä
  • France Emmanuel Jovelin & Evelyne Tully
  • Germany Peter Erath, Wolfgang Klug & Horst Sing
  • Italy Rino Fasol
  • Netherlands Geert van der Laan
  • Spain Montserrat Feu
  • United Kingdom Adrian Adams & Steven Shardlow

  • 168 pages. Large format. Large format paperback. 168 pages. 978-1-898924-68-5. 2000. £19.95


    "Just visiting? Engaging in collaborative projects? Importing good practice? Doing research? This book contains 'a wealth of material'... a significant contribution to the field of comparative social welfare, by locating discussion of welfare systems within the historical and political traditions of individual nation states... A substantial proportion of each chapter is devoted to a discussion of social work practice which again offers material that is often somewhat lacking in former texts... Particularly interesting... Written by nationals of the selected European countries... As a tool for learning, the material in this book should contribute to developing reflective thinking... An analysis of the common features of social work in divergent welfare systems can lead to a critical appreciation of the nature and purpose of social work." Social Work in Europe.

    "Particularly important when attempting to identify and import good practice from abroad.. .students and academics in social policy and social work will find much of value in this work, as will social services personnel engaged in collaborative work with European colleagues." Community Care.

    "Useful and informative as background contextual material for studying social work in particular countries... a valuable addition to social work libraries and to the booklist of courses concerned with European aspects of social work and social policy." Social Work in Europe.