Professor Paul Spicker is a writer and commentator on social policy. His published work includes twenty books, several shorter works and 90 academic papers. A range of work is available on open access on this website. His studies of housing and welfare rights developed from 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 is a consultant on social welfare in practice, and has done 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. In 2018 he was a Fellow of CROP, the International Social Science Council’s Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lodz in Poland.
Paul Spicker’s books have been published in 14 countries and 9
languages. They include:
- Stigma and social welfare, Croom Helm 1984; Seishinshobo (Tokyo) 1987
- Principles of social welfare, Routledge 1988; Democratic Arab Center (Germany) 2017
- 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; previous edition Zed, 1999; IPSR Books (Cape Town); University Press (Dhaka); White Lotus (Bangkok).
- 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; Analiza Politike za Praksu: Belgrade: Univerzitet u Beogradu (Serbia), 2017
- 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 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; Imam Sadiq University of Technology (Tehran), 2013
- What’s wrong with social security benefits?, Policy Press 2017.
- Arguments for welfare, Rowman and Littlefield 2017.
- Thinking collectively, Policy Press 2019.
- The poverty of nations: a relational perspective, Policy Press 2020.
- What’s wrong with social security benefits?, Bristol: Policy Press.
- Arguments for welfare, London: Rowman and Littlefield.
- The takeup of benefits: lessons from the UK, in H van Hootegem (ed) Armoede en ineffectiviteit van rechten – Pauvreté et ineffectivité des droits, Brussels: die Keure.
- Principles of Social Welfare (Arabic version), translated by H Mattar, Democratic Arabic Center (Germany).
- Social Security (Scotland) Bill: response to the consultation Scottish Parliament – Social Security Committee
- The Future of Social Security in Scotland: views from
within the system, Glasgow: Public and Commercial Services Union,
- Social policy and health care, Addendum 3 of J Sturmberg, Health
systems redesign, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64605-3, pp 283-290.
- The real dependent variable problem: the limitations of quantitative analysis in comparative policy studies, Social Policy & Administration 52(1) pp 216-228 DOI: 10.1111/spol.12308
- 50 years of poverty studies: how our ideas of poverty have changed, Social Policy Association.
- Antisemitism: if you think this article is about Israel, think again, Common Space 16th April
- A correspondence between Paul Spicker and Malcolm Torry, Citizens Basic Income Trust, 6th August.
- Universal Basic Income in the UK, Citizens Income Network Scotland, 12th September.
- Basic Income, human rights and equality, Citizens Income Network Scotland, 25th September
- Basic Income and housing, Citizens Income Network
Scotland, 11th October
- UBI, child care and unpaid caring, Citizens Income Network Scotland, October.
- Some reservations about Basic Income, Scottish Universities Insight Unit, April.
- Background papers on Basic Income and Human Rights and Equality (pp 12-17), Care (pp 47-52, Housing (62-65) and Reservations about
Basic Income (pp 90-104) are in M Danson, C Goodman, J Perry
(eds) Exploring Basic Income in Scotland, Scottish Universities Insight Unit, April.
- Thinking collectively: social policy, collective action and the common good, Bristol: Policy Press.
- Social security, in D Scott (ed) Manifestos, policies and practices: an equalities agenda, London: UCL Institute of Education, pp 170-190.
- Evidence on take-up to the Social Security Committee of the Scottish Parliament, and Official Report of proceedings
- Social exclusion and the relational elements of poverty, in G Koelhler, A Cimadamore, F Kiwan, P Gonzalez (eds), The politics of social inclusion, Stuttgart: Ibidem Press, pp 81-98.
- The poverty of nations: a relational perspective, Bristol: Policy Press.
- The economics of Universal Credit: submission to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee (MS Word document).
The page of Open Access materials in this blog includes previously published books, papers and reports. Six 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)
- Liberty, equality, fraternity (2006)
- Poverty: an international glossary (2007).
There is a web page to complement Social Policy: Theory and Practice.