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  • Charles Booth: the examination of poverty. 

    Spicker, Paul (Wiley. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.1990.tb00322.x, 1990-05)
    SPICKER, P., 1990. Charles Booth: the examination of poverty. Social Policy and Administration, 24 (1), pp. 21-38.
    Charles Booth's studies of poverty are widely misrepresented in the literature of social policy. His work is commonly bracketed with Rowntree's, but his methods were quite different. His definition of poverty was explicitly ...
  • Cohesion, exclusion and social quality. 

    Spicker, Paul (Berghan Journals https://dx.doi.org/10.3167/IJSQ.2014.040107, 2014-06-01)
    SPICKER, P. 2014. Cohesion, exclusion and social quality. International journal of social quality [online], 4(1), pages 95-107. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.3167/IJSQ.2014.040107
    The concept of social quality has been operationalized in terms of four component dimensions: social inclustion, social cohesion, socio-economic security and social empowerment. This article argues that inclusion and ...
  • Concepts of need in housing allocation. 

    Spicker, Paul (Policy Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557387782514636, 1987-01)
    SPICKER, P., 1987. Concepts of need in housing allocation. Policy and Politics, 15 (1), pp. 17-27.
    Policies for the allocation of council housing are subject to considerable local variation. Despite the differences, the schemes which housing departments have developed seem often to reflect a common understanding of ...
  • Developing indicators: issues in the use of quantitative data about poverty. 

    Spicker, Paul (Policy Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/0305573042009499, 2004-10)
    SPICKER, P., 2004. Developing indicators: issues in the use of quantitative data about poverty. Policy and Politics, 32 (4), pp. 431 -440.
    Despite the familiarity bred by the routine use of indicators in public services, many commentators are vague about what indicators mean and how they should be used. Several confuse indicators with measurement. This paper ...
  • The devolution of social security benefits in Scotland: the Smith Commission. 

    Spicker, Paul (Policy Press https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982715X14226074788880, 2015-02-01)
    SPICKER, P. 2015. The devolution of social security benefits in Scotland: the Smith Commission. Journal of poverty and social justice [online], 23(1), pages 17-28. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982715X14226074788880
    The United Kingdom is a unitary state, and social security benefits are some of the most centralised services in it. The powers of the Scottish Parliament in relation to benefits have been heavily restricted, to the point ...
  • Economics as practical wisdom. 

    Spicker, Paul (World Economics Association (WEA) https://www.worldeconomicsassociation.org/journals/rwer/, 2016-06-27)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. Economics as practical wisdom. Real-world economics review [online], 75, pages 113-125. Available from: http://www.paecon.net/PAEReview/issue75/Spicker75.pdf
    The discipline of economics has been represented as deductive and theoretical, deductive and empirical, and inductive and empirical. All of these approaches have been subject to withering criticism in other social sciences: ...
  • Equality versus solidarity. 

    Spicker, Paul (Cambridge University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.1992.tb00767.x, 1992-01)
    SPICKER, P., 1992. Equality versus solidarity. Government and Opposition, 27 (1), pp. 66 – 77.
    Although equality and solidarity are often thought of as constituent parts of the same ideological framework, there are inconsistencies between them. Both concepts refer to a range of meanings: equality can refer to equal ...
  • Ethical covert research. 

    Spicker, Paul (SAGE http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038510387195, 2011-02)
    SPICKER, P., 2011. Ethical covert research. Sociology, 45 (1), pp. 118-133.
    Covert research is research which is not declared to the research participants or subjects. This is often muddled with deception, and condemned as intrinsically unethical. The basis of that condemnation is a legitimate ...
  • The ethics of policy research. 

    Spicker, Paul (Policy Press http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426407779702148, 2007-01)
    SPICKER, P., 2007. The ethics of policy research. Evidence & Policy, 3 (1), pp. 99-118.
    Codes of ethics governing research in social science have tended to focus on the rights of participants in research. This focus is too narrow to be an effective guide for ethical policy research. Some typical problems ...
  • The fiscal framework and the delivery of welfare benefits. 

    Spicker, Paul (Scottish Parliament http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/PreviousCommittees/83010.aspx, 2016-02-26)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. The fiscal framework and the delivery of welfare benefits. Presented at the 10th meeting (session 4) of the Scottish Parliament Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 3 March 2016, Edinburgh, UK. Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament [online], pages 19-23. Available from: http://www.parliament.scot/Papers_20160303_updated_3.3.16.pdf
    The author author was approached by the Clerks of the committee to comment on the Scotland Bill and Fiscal Framework, since the publication of the Committee's Interim Report published in May 2015. This is his written submission.
  • Five types of complexity. 

    Spicker, Paul (Policy Press http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_jpsj.asp, 2005-02)
    SPICKER, P., 2005. Five types of complexity. Benefits, 13 (1), pp. 5 – 9.
    This article describes five types of complexity in the operation of social security benefits. The first is intrinsic complexity: some benefits are complex in their concept, structure or operation. The second is extrinsic: ...
  • The future of social security in Scotland: views from inside the system. 

    Public and Commercial Services Union; Spicker, Paul (Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union https://www.pcs.org.uk/sites/default/files/site_assets/regional_websites/scotland/2017/FSS_Scotland_FINAL.pdf, 2017-10-6)
    PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES UNION and SPICKER, P. 2017. The future of social security in Scotland: views from inside the system. Glasgow: PCS [online]. Available from: https://www.pcs.org.uk/sites/default/files/site_assets/regional_websites/scotland/2017/FSS_Scotland_FINAL.pdf
    The report is based on group interviews and questionnaires done earlier this year with 228 DWP officers. This is not the first report ever to ask social security officers what they think, but it's a rare and rather special ...
  • Generalisation and phronesis: rethinking the methodology of social policy. 

    Spicker, Paul (Cambridge University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279410000334, 2011-01)
    SPICKER, P., 2011. Generalisation and phronesis: rethinking the methodology of social policy. Journal of Social Policy, 40 (1), pp. 1-19.
    Social policy research often depends on the application of generalisations from social science. Questions like ‘what works?’ assume that general principles can be translated from specific examples into other contexts. ...
  • Introducing Universal Credit. 

    Spicker, Paul (Policy Press https://doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.003.0001, 2013-12-31)
    SPICKER, P. 2013. Introducing Universal Credit. In Ramia, G., Farnsworth, K. and Irving, Z. Social policy review 25: analysis and debate in social policy. Bristol: Policy Press [online], pages 1-16. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.003.0001
    In this chapter, author Paul Spicker interrogates the government's introduction of Universal Credit, a controversial scheme designed to unify various means-tested benefits for people of working age. The scheme brings ...
  • “Leadership”: a perniciously vague concept. 

    Spicker, Paul (Emerald http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513551211200276, 2012)
    SPICKER, P., 2012. “Leadership”: a perniciously vague concept. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 25 (1), pp. 34-47
    Purpose – Despite the vast amount of literature covering the concept of leadership, it remains contentious, under-conceptualised and often uncritical. The purpose of this paper is to question the validity of the concept ...
  • Matching services to needs in the health care of elderly people. 

    Spicker, Paul; Hanslip, J. (SAGE http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/095148489701000112, 1997-02)
    SPICKER, P. and HANSLIP, J., 1997. Matching services to needs in the health care of elderly people. Health Services Management Research, 10 (2), pp. 113 – 120.
    This paper is based on the results of a postal enquiry to health care professionals working in the care of elderly people in a Scottish Health Board. Responses fall into three main categories. The first refers to issues ...
  • The nature of a public service. 

    Spicker, Paul (Taylor & Francis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900690903050927, 2009-09)
    SPICKER, P., 2009. The nature of a public service. International Journal of Public Administration, 32 (11), pp. 970-991.
    Public services have been misunderstood. They are not simply services in the public sector, they are not necessarily there because of “market failure”, and they cannot be analysed by the same criteria as market-based ...
  • Needs as claims. 

    Spicker, Paul (Wiley. [The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com]http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.1993.tb00386.x, 1993-03)
    SPICKER, P., 1993. Needs as claims. Social Policy and Administration, 27 (1), pp. 7-17.
    People 'need' things if they will suffer negative effects without them. Needs are based in problems, but they are not only problems; they have to be understood in terms of a relationship between functional problems and ...
  • New benefit powers for Scotland. 

    Spicker, Paul (Poverty Alliance http://www.povertyalliance.org/article/new_welfare_powers, 2016-02-05)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. New benefit powers for Scotland. Poverty Alliance briefing, 23. Glasgow: The Poverty Alliance [online]. Available from: http://www.povertyalliance.org/article/new_welfare_powers
    Pending agreement between the Scottish and UK Governments, and the completion of the relevant Parliamentary processes, Scotland is set to gain significant new powers over aspects of the social security system. In order to ...
  • A new future for social security: response to the consultation document. 

    Spicker, Paul (Scottish Government, 2016-07-29)
    SPICKER, P. 2016. A new future for social security: response to the consultation document. In Scottish Government. Consultation on social security in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government [online], response ID 500312666. Available from: https://consult.gov.scot/social-security/social-security-in-scotland/consultation/view_respondent?_b_index=420&uuId=500312666
    This submission covers genearl issues related to the statement of principles, broader issues of policy and general administrative arrangements. The main points are these: 1) The aims of benefit systems are complex. ...