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Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People: Barbara Robb’s Campaign 1965-1975

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Book Series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective ISBN: 9783319548128 9783319548135 Year: Pages: 283 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54813-5 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: History
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This book tells the story of Barbara Robb and her pressure group, Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS). In 1965, Barbara visited 73-year-old Amy Gibbs in a dilapidated and overcrowded National Health Service psychiatric hospital back-ward. She was so appalled by the low standards that she set out to make improvements. Barbara’s book Sans Everything: A case to answer was publicly discredited by a complacent and self-righteous Ministry of Health. However, inspired by her work, staff in other hospitals ‘whistle-blew’ about events they witnessed, which corroborated her allegations. Barbara influenced government policy, to improve psychiatric care and health service complaints procedures, and to establish a hospitals' inspectorate and ombudsman. The book will appeal to campaigners, health and social care staff and others working with older people, and those with an interest in policy development in England, the 1960s, women’s history and the history of psychiatry and nursing.

The Governance of Educational Welfare Markets: A Comparative Analysis of the European Social Fund in Five Countries

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ISBN: 9783034318990 Year: Pages: 248 DOI: 10.3726/978-3-0353-0688-0 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Political Science --- Education --- Social Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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This book is a first exploratory inquiry into possible educational selectivity effects of the European Social Fund (ESF). It assesses the extent of the gap between the social policy objectives set through regulatory competences in multi-level governance and the structure of incentives it breeds in practice, with a broad range of implications for the capacity of the government to control for an equitable distribution of services at the community level. The chapters emphasize the educational selectivity involved in national policy decisions concerning ESF implementation in the five countries, the role of informal mechanisms in fine-tuning implementation, the negative effects of formalization and failures in accommodating the complexity of goals which characterizes the ESF, as well as the overall fairness of ESF implementation towards the most disadvantaged groups in society. The empirical analysis suggests that social-service delivery contracting as an instrument of governance is no longer regulating against risks for beneficiaries, but fuels increased social division in access to public services.

How Change Happens

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Book Series: OXFAM ISBN: 9780198785392 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785392.001.0001 Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press Grant: OXFAM
Subject: Business and Management --- Economics --- Political Science
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Human society is full of would-be ‘change agents’, a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for those on the sharp end, achieve greater recognition for any number of issues, or simply be treated with respect. Striking then, that not many universities have a Department of Change Studies, to which social activists can turn for advice and inspiration. Instead, scholarly discussions of change are fragmented with few conversations crossing disciplinary boundaries, rarely making it onto the radars of those actively seeking change. This book aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, bringing together the best research from a range of academic disciplines and the evolving practical understanding of activists to explore the topic of social and political change. Drawing on many first-hand examples from the global experience of Oxfam, one of the world’s largest social justice NGOs, as well as insights gleaned from studying and working on international development, it tests ideas and offers the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.

Sote-palvelut markkinoilla – tavoitteita, toiveita ja ristiriitoja

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ISBN: 9789520303204 Year: Pages: 276 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_621500 Language: Finnish
Publisher: Tampere University Press
Subject: Economics --- Political Science --- Social and Public Welfare
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erspective. All in all, this book is an attempt to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of the public health and social services and the markets – markets in which different objectives, expectations and contradictions moderate the discussion and actions. 
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