Professor 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, the International Social Science Council’s Comparative Research Programme on Poverty.
His website, An Introduction to Social Policy, is one of the most used sources in the field on the Internet.
Paul Spicker’s published work includes:
- 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, 2006
- The idea of poverty, Policy Press, 2007; Rawat (New Delhi) 2007; Seikatsushoin (Tokyo), 2008
- The origins of modern welfare, Peter Lang, 2010
- How social security works, Policy Press 2011
- Reclaiming individualism, Policy Press, 2013
- Social Policy: theory and practice, Policy Press, 2014: Socijalna Politika: teorija i praksa, Belgrade, Univerzitet u Beogradu (trans J Vidojevic, N Perisic), 2014; Polityka społeczna – teoria and Polityka społeczna – praktyka, Warszawa : Centrum Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich; previous editions Prentice-Hall 1995; Yuhikaku (Tokyo) 2001; Policy Press 2008; Rawat (New Delhi) 2010.
1. Seven principles of public life: time to rethink, Public Money and Management, 34(1) 11-18.
2. Universal Credit: Don’t blame the IT, Computer Weekly, Feb. 2014
3. The principles of the Common Weal, Common Weal, March 2014.
4. Social Policy: theory and practice, Policy Press, 2014.
5. Universality vs Selectivity, Scottish Left Review 82, May/June 2014, p 7.
6. Better Together: Pensions, in J Ross, Scottish Independence: can you trust the campaign posters? BBC News Scotland Politics.
7. Developing a Scottish social security system , Scottish Housing Matters, August; and Developing a social security system for Scotland, Chartered Institute of Housing, July.
8. Pol Spiker (sic), Socijalna Politika: teorija i praksa, Belgrade, Univerzitet u Beogradu (trans J Vidojevic, N Perisic)
9. A social security system for Scotland, Housing Scotland 103 July/Aug p 8.
10. What will greater powers mean for benefits? Lessons from Northern Ireland, Housing Scotland 105 Oct p.5
11. A few myths about poverty, Challenge Poverty Week, October.
12. Cohesion, exclusion and social quality, International Journal of Social Quality, 4(1) pp. 95-107.
13. Polityka społeczna – teoria, Warszawa : Centrum Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich.
14. Polityka społeczna – praktyka, Warszawa : Centrum Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich
1. Policy translation: a reply, Global Discourse, DOI: 10.1080/23269995.2015.1004251.
2. The devolution of social security benefits in Scotland: The Smith Commission, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 23(1), DOI: 10.1332/175982715X14226074788880
3. The proposed draft clauses on welfare: submission to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee and Evidence to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 19.2.2015
4. Why study public policy?, in K Vaidya (ed) Public policy and administration for the curious, The Curious Academic Publishing.
5. An ideas paper: The case for Public Employment Common Weal Policy Unit.
6. Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill – Consultation Response, Scottish Parliament.
7. Programme for Government: a social policy analysis, Common Weal.
8. New powers for Scotland?, Scottish Anti Poverty Review 19, Summer 2015, pp. 16-18
9. We need more resources than income alone, Challenge Poverty Week, October.
10. The future delivery of social security in Scotland (submission to the Welfare Reform Committee), and Official report: Welfare Reform Committee, 10.11.2015, Scottish Parliament.
1. New benefit powers for Scotland, Glasgow: Poverty Alliance.
2. What can the Scottish Parliament do with new social security powers? Glasgow: Common Weal
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:
- 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).