M. J. Austin
Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 32, 2003, p. 97-114.
Article analyzes the changing relationship between U.S. county social services agencies and community-based non-profit service providers under welfare reform.
C. McDonald, J. Harris and R. Wintersteen
British Journal of Social Work, vol. 33, 2003, p. 191-208
Discusses how the political and social context impacts on social work as a profession in Australia, Britain and the USA. Social work in the USA has developed as a therapeutic profession targeted on dealing with individual or family pathology. Social work in Britain survives at the core of a reformed welfare regime, but has lost professional autonomy and is threatened by its immersion in multi-disciplinary developments. In Australia, social work has never had a major role in the delivery of social welfare services. The current decentralisation and fragmentation of those services threaten to marginalise it further.