The links on this page are to those books, reports
by Paul Spicker, which are now available freely on the web. Most are in
PDF format, but there are also some ebooks, and some are on web pages.
Four of Paul Spicker's books in English are now available for download
without charge, under a Creative Commons licence. They are available
both in PDF and EPUB (ebook) formats. A fifth book is available from CROP, the Comparative
Research Programme on Poverty.
Stigma and social welfare
Originally published by Croom Helm, 1984
ebook (PDF laid out for e-reader)
"This intelligent ... book demonstrates
that many of the preconceptions of social scientists about stigma are
ill-founded, and goes on to assess practical policies designed to cope
with the problem." (Peter Taylor-Gooby)
"excellent study ... an interesting
contribution to the sociology of social welfare" (Bryan S. Turner)
Principles of social welfare: an introduction to thinking
about the welfare state
Originally published by Routledge, 1988
"Enlightening analysis ... Spicker's
critique encourages us to re-examine our beliefs and assumptions about
the welfare state" (Bill Jordan)
"A concise and valuable introduction to
philosophical thinking about the welfare state" (Philosophy Today).
"The book raises searching questions ...
a useful tool for anyone who teaches or tries to practise the analysis
of social welfare." (Social Work)
and social security: concepts and principles
Originally published by Routledge, 1993
"The discussion is balanced and
generally insightful, and provides a good introduction to readers who
are new to the field." (Contemporary Sociology)
"An entertaining and sometimes
controversial examination" (Tony Fitzpatrick)
The welfare state: a general theory
Originally published by Sage, 2000
Download ebook (EPUB)
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"This is an audacious book ... The
attempt to lay out of the propositions of welfare in their barest form,
and demonstrate their relations, is novel and challenging. It is the
kind of book we may value as much for the disagreements it provokes as
the answers it offers." (C Clark, in the British Journal of
"an excellent attempt at a coherent
general theory of the welfare state and a good undergraduate
primer on social policy. ... he has achieved something rather important
... . in an accessible manner that will attract and retain readers at
all levels." (P King, in Housing Studies)
Poverty: an international glossary
Paul Spicker, Sonia Alvarez Leguizamon, David Gordon (eds)
published by Zed Books, 2007; .
the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty
"An indispensable guide ... Spicker's
final chapter is a masterly review of the subject." (David
Poverty: an international
glossary is available in a Spanish edition at Paul Spicker,
Sonia Alvarez Leguizamˇn y David Gordon [editores] Pobreza: Un glosario internacional, Buenos
Aires: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales 2010.
Policy: Theory and Practice is available online in a Polish
edition, in two parts: Polityka społeczna - teoria, Warszawa : Centrum
Rozwoju Zasobˇw Ludzkich, 2014. Polityka społeczna - praktyka, Warszawa : Centrum
Rozwoju Zasobˇw Ludzkich, 2014.
The Robert Gordon University’s Open Access Institutional Repository, OpenAir, has made several published academic
papers available in pre-print versions. (It’s thanks to them that this
page is now here.) Some other papers are available on open access
because the journal or the publisher has put them on the web.
and depressed estates: a critique of Utopia on Trial, Housing
Studies, vol 2 no 4, 1987, pp 283-292.
Booth: the examination of poverty, Social Policy and
Administration, 1990 24(1) pp 21-38.
- Cross-national comparisons of poverty,
International Social Security Conference, Helsinki, 2000.
- Poor areas and the ecological fallacy, Radical
statistics 76, 2001
- A different view of welfare dependency (letter),
Family Matters (Australian Institute of Family Studies) 58, 2001, p 70
- The rights of the poor, in P Robson, A Kjonstad, Poverty
and the Law, Oxford: Hart, 2001
- Income and Wealth, in M May, E Brunsdon, R Page,
Understanding social problems, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001, pp 130-146.
- Continental shifts on exclusion, Inside Housing
11.10.02 pp 28-29.
- Poverty and the Welfare State: dispelling the myths,
London: Catalyst, 2002, 44 pp.
- BBC report: Underclass is a myth, 28th August 2002
- Exclusion and rights, in L Williams, A Kjonstad, Law and
poverty, London: Zed, 2003.
- Moray against Poverty, Voices
from the Edge, 2004
indicators: issues in the use of quantitative data about poverty,
Policy and Politics 2004 32(4) pp. 431-40.
- Submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Local
Government and Communities Committee: Child Poverty, Scottish
Parliament 2008 6 pp.
- Taking forward the Government’s Economic Strategy:
response to the discussion paper, Scottish Government, 2008 6 pp.
- Evidence to the Local Government and Communities
Committee, Local Government and Communities Committee Official
Report, Scottish Parliament 26th November 2008
- Paul Spicker, Sonia Alvarez Leguizamˇn y David Gordon [editores] Pobreza: Un glosario internacional, Buenos
Aires: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales 2010, 320 pp.
- Poverty, democratic governance and poverty reduction
strategies, 1 Uluslararasi Sosiyal Politikalar Sempozyyumu,
Istanbul, Turkey, 15th June 2012.
- Troubled families: what is an ‘official statistic’?,
Radical Statistics 2013 108 pp 47-52.
- Poverty as a wicked problem, Bergen: Comparative
Research Programme on Poverty.
- Inserting the excluded: the impact of the Revenu
Minimum d’Insertion on poverty in France, Social Work in Europe
1995 22 pp 8-14
- Social security and social protection for people with
disabilities or incapacity for work, International Social Security
Association Conference, Helsinki, 2000.
- Our budget under attack: estimating social security
fraud, Radical Statistics 1997 70
types of complexity, Benefits, 2005, 13 (1), pp. 5 – 9.
- Myths of absenteeism mask the true issues to be
addressed on incapacity, The Scotsman 27th November 2007, pp 50-1.
- Benefits have far wider role than helping the jobless,
Scotsman 8th October 2009.
- Universal Credit will not simplify benefits, The
Guardian 19th January 2011, Society Guardian section, p 4.
- Welfare reform has the makings of a nightmare as jobs
disappear, Scotsman 15th January 2009.
- P Spicker, L Simpson (eds) The cuts, Radical Statistics
2010 no 103
- Can we afford to support older people?, The
Herald, 18th December 2012.
- Welfare dependency: use and abuse of statistics,
The Conversation, 24th May 2013.
- Response to the call for evidence from the Expert
Working Group, 13th December 2013.
- Universal Credit: Don't blame the IT, Computer
Weekly, February 2014.
- Better Together: Pensions, in J Ross, Scottish Independence: can you trust the campaign
posters? BBC News Scotland Politics.
- Developing a social security system for Scotland,
Chartered Institute of Housing, July 2014; and short introductory
article, Developing a Scottish benefit system, Chartered
Institute of Housing, August 2014.
- The proposed draft clauses on welfare: submission to
the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee and Evidence to the
Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 19.2.2015
devolution of social security benefits in Scotland: the Smith
Commission. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 2015, 23(1),
benefit powers for Scotland, Glasgow: Poverty Alliance, 2016.
- What can the Scottish Parliament do with new social
security powers? Glasgow: Common Weal, 2016.
principle of subsidiarity and the social policy of the European
Community, Journal of European Social Policy 1991 1(1) 3-14
as claims, Social Policy and Administration 1993 27(1), pp 7-17.
- Social policy in a federal Europe, Social Policy
and Administration 1996 30(4) 293-304.
- Targeting and strategic intervention,
International Social Security Association Conference, Jerusalem 1998.
- There and back again: the Welfare State, 1942-1990,
Revue Franšaise de Civilisation Britannique, 2001 11(1) 41-56
- P Spicker, S Morris, V Strachan, Consultation on the review of Scottish charity law,
Scottish Executive Central Research Unit 2002, 85pp.
- V Strachan, P Spicker, S Morris, T Damjanovic, 2004, The consultation on Civil Partnership
Registration: analysis of the responses, Edinburgh: Scottish
- Understanding incentives, Annexure 1 of M Steele
(ed), Report on
incentive structures of social assistance grants in South Africa, South
Africa: Republic of South Africa Department of Social Development, 2006.
nature of a public service, International Journal of Public
Administration 2009 32(11) pp 970-991.
a perniciously vague concept, International Journal of Public
Sector Management 2012 25(1) 34-47.
- M Danson, R McAlpine, P Spicker, W Sullivan, 2012. The case for universalism, Biggar, Jimmy Reid
Foundation, 18 pp.
- Universality vs Selectivity, Scottish Left Review 82, May/June 2014, p 7.
principles of public life: time to rethink. Public Money and
Management, 2014 34(1), pages 11-18.
- A condensed history of social policy in England in the
UK (a video recording of an interview via Skype with Yohai Hakak),
7 July 2015
Applied social theory
- State intervention and social justice, Trent Law
Journal 1981 5 pp 59-66
- Why freedom implies equality, Journal of Applied
Philosophy 1985 2(2) pp 205-216.
work and self-determination, British Journal of Social Work, 1990
vol 20 pp 221-236.
- Mental handicap and citizenship, Journal of
Applied Philosophy 1990 vol 7 no 2, pp 139-151.
versus solidarity, Government and Opposition 1992 27(1) pp 66-77.
particularism, Critical Social Policy 1994 13(39) 5-20.
- Social insecurity and social protection, in R
Edwards, J Glover (eds) Risk and citizenship: key issues in welfare,
Routledge, 2001, pp 19-30.
between generations, paper
presented to the International Social Security Association research
conference, Antwerp, May 2003.
exclusion and social quality. International journal of social
quality, 2014, 4(1), pages 95-107
- The principles of the Common Weal, Common Weal,
translation: a reply. Global Discourse, 2015, 6(1-2), pages 116-118
- Economics as practical wisdom, Real World
Economics Review 75 June 2016 pp 113-125
Health and social care
- Packages of care: the reform of community care,
University of Dundee 1992.
- P Spicker, J Hanslip, Perceived mismatches between needs and services in the
health care of elderly people, Scottish Medical Journal, 39(6)
1994, pp 172-174.
- N Crockett, P Spicker, Discharged:
homelessness among psychiatric patients in
Scotland, Shelter (Scotland) 1994
- P Spicker, J Hanslip, Matching services to needs in the health care of
elderly people, Health Services Management Research 1997 10(2) p
- P Spicker, D Gordon Planning for the needs of people with dementia,
Scottish Medical Journal, 1992 vol 37 no 2, pp 38-39.
- What is
a priority?, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 2009
- Personalisation falls short, British Journal of
Social Work 2012 doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs063 Advanced access.
(Currently available freely from the journal, but the link may
Several of these pieces were originally published by Shelter, or by
Roof, Shelter's magazine. Shelter have asked me to stress that they
were written some time ago and do not necessarily reflect Shelter's
- The allocation of council housing, Shelter, 1983
of need in housing allocation, Policy and Politics, vol 15 no. 1,
1987, pp 17-27.
- In defence of council housing management,
published as 'New landlords, same old problems', Roof, May/June 1988,
control: is history repeating itself?,
published as 'Wrong foot forward', Roof, Jan.-Feb. 1988, pp. 42-43.
- Who gets housed?, Roof, March/April 1989 p. 30.
Booth: Housing and poverty in Victorian London,
published as 'Victorian values', in Roof, 1989 14,
38-40, and reprinted in C Grant (ed) Built to last?, Roof 1992, and J
Goodwin and C Grant, (eds) Built to last, Roof 1997.
- Access to social housing in Scotland, Shelter
- Housing and community care in Scotland, Shelter
- Low income owner occupation in Scotland, Shelter
- Housing and social exclusion, Shelter Scotland
- Policy and planning for homeless people in Scotland,
Shelter Scotland 2001.
Social Policy as an academic discipline
in social policy, by a wide range of authors, are available on the
website. The readings have been selected to complement Social
Policy: Theory and Practice.
- Saving social policy, Policy World, August 2004,
without consent, Social Research Update 2007 no. 51, 4 pp
ethics of policy research, Evidence and Policy 2007 3(1) pp 99-118.
- P Spicker, D Byrne, Unethical guidelines, Policy World Spring 2010.
covert research, Sociology 2011 45(1) pp 1-16.
- Generalisation and phronesis: rethinking the
methodology of social policy, Journal of Social Policy 2011 40(1)