Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Neoliberalism, the Third Way and Social Work: the UK Experience
Authors: Ferguson, Iain
Contact Email:
Keywords: neoliberalism
Third Way
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: University of Bielefeld, Center for Social Service Studies
Citation: Ferguson I (2004) Neoliberalism, the Third Way and Social Work: the UK Experience, Social Work and Society, 2 (1), pp. 1-9.
Abstract: For most of the past two decades, the notion that there is no alternative to the market as a basis for organising society has constituted a kind of global 'common sense', accepted not only by the neoliberal Right but also by social- democratic politicians and thinkers, in the form of the 'Third Way'. This paper will critically assess the central claims of neoliberalism in the light of experience in the UK and internationally, evaluate the way in which Third Way policies are shaping social work in the UK, and in the final section, begin to explore some of the ways in which the anti-capitalist movement which has emerged in recent years might contribute to the development of a new, engaged social work, based on social justice.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Published in Social Work and Society by University of Bielefeld, Center for Social Service Studies.; Publisher statement from website: "The SW&S-Journal is an Open Access Publication that is available free of charge. It is a member of the Digital Peer Publishing Initiative ("; DPPL:
Affiliation: Social Work

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Neoliberalism, the Third Way and Social Work.pdf233.74 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.