Paul Spicker is a writer and commentator on social policy. His
published work includes sixteen books, several shorter
works and over 80 academic papers. His work on housing and welfare
rights is based in his early career; since then, his research has
included studies related to benefit delivery systems, the care of old
people, psychiatric patients, housing management and local anti-poverty
strategy. He has also been a consultant on social welfare in practice,
doing work for a range of agencies at local, national and
international levels. After teaching at Nottingham Trent University and
the University of Dundee, he held the Grampian Chair of Public Policy
at Robert Gordon University from 2001-2015. He is now an Emeritus
Professor of RGU and a Fellow of CROP,
Social Science Council's Comparative Research Programme on Poverty.
Paul Spicker's published work includes:
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- Stigma and
social welfare, Croom Helm 1984; Seishinshobo (Tokyo) 1987
- Principles of
social welfare, Routledge 1988
- Social housing and the social services, Longman 1989
- Poverty and
social security, Routledge 1993
- Planning for the needs of people with dementia, (with D
S Gordon) Avebury 1997
- Social protection: a bilingual glossary (co-edited
with J-P Révauger) MIRE (Paris) 1998
- Social policy in a changing society (with Maurice
Mullard), Routledge 1998
- Poverty: an
international glossary, co-edited with Sonia Alvarez Leguizamon and
David Gordon, Zed 2007; CLACSO (Buenos Aires), 2009.
- The welfare
state: a general theory, Sage 2000; Keiso Shobo (Japan), 2004;
Dionikos (Greece), 2004.
- Policy analysis for practice: applying social policy,
Policy Press, 2006
- Liberty, equality, fraternity, Policy Press,
- The idea of poverty, Policy Press, 2007;
Rawat (New Delhi) 2007; Seikatsushoin (Tokyo), 2008
- The origins of modern welfare, Peter
social security works, Policy Press 2011
- Reclaiming individualism, Policy Press, 2013
Policy: theory and practice, Policy Press, 2014: Socijalna
Politika: teorija i praksa, Belgrade, Univerzitet u Beogradu
(trans J Vidojevic, N Perisic), 2014; Polityka
spoleczna - teoria and Polityka
spoleczna - praktyka, Warszawa : Centrum
Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich; previous editions Prentice-Hall 1995;
Yuhikaku (Tokyo) 2001; Policy Press 2008; Rawat (New Delhi) 2010.
Recent publications and papers
principles of public life: time to rethink, Public Money
and Management, 34(1) 11-18.
- Universal Credit: Don't blame the IT, Computer Weekly, Feb. 2014
principles of the Common Weal, Common Weal, March 2014.
Policy: theory and practice, Policy Press, 2014.
- Universality vs Selectivity, Scottish Left Review 82, May/June 2014, p 7.
- Better Together: Pensions, in J Ross, Scottish Independence: can you trust the campaign
posters? BBC News Scotland Politics.
- Developing a Scottish social security system ,
Scottish Housing Matters, August; and Developing a social security system for Scotland,
Chartered Institute of Housing, July.
- Pol Spiker (sic), Socijalna Politika: teorija i
praksa, Belgrade, Univerzitet u Beogradu (trans J Vidojevic, N
- A social security system for Scotland, Housing Scotland 103
July/Aug p 8.
- What will greater powers mean for benefits? Lessons from
Northern Ireland, Housing Scotland 105 Oct p.5
- A few myths about poverty, Challenge
Poverty Week, October.
exclusion and social quality, International Journal of
Social Quality, 4(1) pp. 95-107.
- Polityka spoleczna - teoria, Warszawa : Centrum
Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich.
- Polityka spoleczna - praktyka, Warszawa : Centrum
Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich
translation: a reply, Global Discourse, DOI:
devolution of social security benefits in Scotland: The
Smith Commission, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 23(1), DOI:
- The proposed draft clauses on welfare: submission to
the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee and Evidence to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee,
- Why study public policy?, in K Vaidya (ed) Public policy and administration for the curious,
The Curious Academic Publishing.
- An ideas paper: The case for Public Employment
Common Weal Policy Unit.
- Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill -
Consultation Response, Scottish Parliament.
- Programme for
Government: a social policy analysis, Common Weal.
- New powers for Scotland?, Scottish Anti Poverty Review 19,
Summer 2015, pp. 16-18.
- We need more resources than income alone, Challenge
Poverty Week, October.
future delivery of social security in Scotland (submission to
the Welfare Reform Committee), and Official
report: Welfare Reform Committee, 10.11.2015, Scottish Parliament.
benefit powers for Scotland, Glasgow: Poverty Alliance.
- What can the Scottish Parliament do with new social
security powers? Glasgow: Common Weal
- The fiscal framework and the delivery of benefits,
submission to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, March 2016
- Economics as practical wisdom, Real World
Economics Review 75 June 2016 pp 113-125
- Poverty as a wicked problem, Bergen: Comparative
Research Programme on Poverty.
- Evidence to the Social Security Committee f the Scottish
Parliament: Work Programme Priorities, Official report: Social Security Committee
The page of Open
Access materials in this blog includes previously published books,
papers and reports. Five of the books listed above are now available
free of charge on open access:
There are web pages to complement Social Policy:
Theory and Practice and How Social Security Works.
- Stigma and social welfare (1984)
- Principles of social welfare (1989)
- Poverty and social security (1993)
- The welfare state: a general theory (2000)
- Poverty: an international glossary (2007).