Empowerment or placebo? the implications of participatory budgeting and personalization for social work

Mathews, Gary (2012) Empowerment or placebo? the implications of participatory budgeting and personalization for social work. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to examine the concepts of Participatory Budgeting and its links to the agenda of Personalization, in the context of social care. The research implies that as these processes continue to be rolled out in the UK, there will be increasing implications for social work involvement in such approaches. The research is based on an examination of literature in the areas under consideration, with particular emphasis on what can be learned from the introduction of activities outside the UK. Thus the approach is cross-national. An interpretavist view is used as the writer believes that it is possible for the actions of individuals to affect and change the reality within which they find themselves. A range of current literature is analysed and placed in a theoretical context that focuses on issues of power, involvement, and inclusion. A Marxist viewpoint is also applied. The findings raise important issues in indicating a role for social workers, not only as advocates and brokers, but also as social pedagogues, who may seek to harness and articulate the informal learning that the participation regimes confer upon participants. Recommendations for practice are therefore offered as an outcome of the research process.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8777

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