Professor Paul Spicker holds the Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. He has written widely in the field of social policy, having published fifteen books, several shorter works and over 75 academic papers. 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 experience of housing and welfare rights work, and has also been a consultant on social welfare in practice, having done work for a range of agencies at local, national and international levels.
His published work includes:
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1. P Spicker, D Byrne, Unethical guidelines, Policy World Winter/Spring 2010 pp 12-4.
2. The origins of modern welfare: Juan Luis Vives, De Subventione Pauperum, and City of Ypres, Forma Subventionis Pauperum, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010, 157 pp.
3. Paul Spicker, Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón y David Gordon [editores] Pobreza: Un glosario internacional, Buenos Aires: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales 2010, 320 pp.
4. P Spicker, L Simpson, Editorial: the cuts Radical Statistics 2010 no 103
5. Cutting social security, Radical Statistics 2010 no 103, pp 40-49.
6. The Universal Credit, Holyrood 2010 no 243, p 29.
1. Ethical covert research, Sociology 2011 45(1) 1-16
2. Generalisation and phronesis: rethinking the methodology of Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy 40(1) 1-19.
3. How social security works: an introduction to benefits in Britain, Policy Press 2011.
4. Universal Credit will not simplify benefits, The Guardian 19th January 2011, Society Guardian section, page 4
5. Europe risks undermining public services, Public Service Europe, 3rd May
6. Services of general interest - what does the jargon mean?, Public Service Europe 24th October.
7. Blame 1970s problems on "rush for growth", Aberdeen Press and Journal 16th November p 15.
1. Poverty, in R Chadwick (ed), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, vol. 3, San Diego CA: Academic Press pp 554-560.
2. Social security, in R Chadwick (ed), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, vol. 4, San Diego CA: Academic Press, pp 167-174
3. Social welfare: the provision and finance of social services, in R Chadwick (ed), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, vol. 4, San Diego CA: Academic Press, 182-188.
4. Leadership: a perniciously vague concept, International Journal of Public Sector Management 25(1) 34-47.
5. Personalisation Falls Short, British Journal of Social Work 2012; doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs063
6. Social Policy Approaches, ch 580 of The International Encyclopedia of Housing and the Home, vol 6 pp 478-483, Elsevier.
7. Universal Credit: simplification or personalisation?, Local Economy 27(5-6) 496-501
8. Poverty, democratic governance and poverty reduction strategies, 1 Uluslararasi Sosiyal Politikalar Sempozyyumu, Istanbul 15th June.
9. Why refer to poverty as a proportion of median income?, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(2) 163-176.
10. Changing Housing Benefit, Housing Scotland, Sept 2012, p 5.
11. More cuts?, Housing Scotland, Nov 2012, p 5
12. M Danson, R McAlpine, P Spicker, W Sullivan, 2012. The case for universalism, Biggar, Jimmy Reid Foundation, 18 pp.
13. Liberal welfare states, chapter 19 of in B Greve (ed), 2013, The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State, London: Routledge. pp 193-201.
14. Can we afford to support older people?, The Herald, 18th December.
Earlier material by Paul Spicker still available on the Web includes
Paul Spicker's first book, Stigma and social welfare (1984), is now freely available for download under a Creative Commons licence.