What are the arguments against social welfare

Change in social work

Michael Buestrich

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Dr. rer. pol., born 1963; Professor for Social Management, Administration and Organization, Evangelical University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe, Immanuel-Kant-Straße 18-20, 44803 Bochum.
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Norbert Wohlfahrt

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Dr. rer. soc., born 1952; Professor for Social Management, Administration and Organization, Evangelical University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe, Immanuel-Kant-Straße 18-20, 44803 Bochum.
Email :[email protected]

The prerequisites, procedures and instruments of an economization of social work in Germany are described and it is shown what consequences these changes have for the employees and the clientele of social work.

introduction

The debate that has been going on for over ten years about the necessity and appropriateness of an "economization of the social" and its practical effects suggests the idea of ​​viewing "social" and "economy" as strictly separate spheres up to now. It is by no means the case that the terms "efficiency" and "effectiveness", "quality" and "effect" previously played no role in the subject of social work. The same applies to the topic of "money". The accusation is regularly raised that in the social area - unlike in the economy, where "money is made" - public funds are "wasted". This is mainly due to the "functional dilettantism" [1] and thus to a principled, primarily structurally justified mismanagement in the social sector. [2]








For social work, this external starting point of the economicization debate resulted "[...] that it was not primarily triggered and determined by the intention of increasing the professional quality of socio-educational offers, but rather a consequence of the financial bottlenecks in the social security system in general and personal social services in particular ". [3] In the following, therefore, it cannot be a question of presenting the development of the "economization of social work" as a completely new paradigm. [4] Rather, the specifics, i.e. the motivation, implementation steps and effects of the factually unavoidable propagation of business administration in social work should be developed, which at the same time as a long overdue "rescue operation" for a "social work in transition" [5] or even a "Social Work in Crisis" [6] appears.