Paul Spicker is a writer and commentator on social policy. His
published work includes eighteen books, several shorter
works and 90 academic papers. A range of work is available on open access on this website. His studies of
housing and welfare
rights developed from his early career; since then, his research has
included studies related to benefit delivery systems, the care of old
people, psychiatric patients, housing management and local anti-poverty
strategy. He is a consultant on social welfare in practice,
and has done work for a range of agencies at local, national and
international levels. After teaching at Nottingham Trent University and
the University of Dundee, he held the Grampian Chair of Public Policy
at Robert Gordon University from 2001-2015. He is now an Emeritus
Professor of RGU. In 2018 he is a Fellow of CROP,
Social Science Council's Comparative Research Programme on
Poverty, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lodz in Poland.
Paul Spicker's books have been published in 14 countries and 9
languages. They include:
, Croom Helm 1984; Seishinshobo (Tokyo) 1987 Stigma and
, Routledge 1988; Democratic Arab Center
(Germany) 2017 Principles of
Social housing and the social services, Longman 1989
, Routledge 1993 Poverty and
Planning for the needs of people with dementia, (with D
S Gordon) Avebury 1997
Social protection: a bilingual glossary (co-edited
with J-P Révauger) MIRE (Paris) 1998
Social policy in a changing society (with Maurice
Mullard), Routledge 1998
international glossary, co-edited with Sonia Alvarez Leguizamon and
David Gordon, Zed 2007; CLACSO (Buenos Aires), 2009; previous edition
Zed, 1999; IPSR Books (Cape Town); University Press (Dhaka); White
, Sage 2000; Keiso Shobo (Japan), 2004;
Dionikos (Greece), 2004. The welfare
state: a general theory
Policy Press, 2006; Policy analysis for practice: applying social policy Analiza Politike
za Praksu: Belgrade: Univerzitet u Beogradu (Serbia), 2017
, Policy Press,
2006 Liberty, equality, fraternity
, Policy Press, 2007;
Rawat (New Delhi) 2007; Seikatsushoin (Tokyo), 2008 The idea of poverty
Lang, 2010 The origins of modern welfare,
Policy Press 2011 How
social security works,
, Policy Press, 2013 Reclaiming individualism
, Policy Press, 2014: Social
Policy: theory and practice Socijalna
Politika: teorija i praksa, Belgrade, Univerzitet u Beogradu
(trans J Vidojevic, N Perisic), 2014; and Polityka
spoleczna - teoria Warszawa: Centrum
Rozwoju Zasobów Ludzkich; previous editions Prentice-Hall 1995;
Yuhikaku (Tokyo) 2001; Policy Press 2008; Rawat (New Delhi) 2010; Imam
Sadiq University of Technology (Tehran), 2013 Polityka
spoleczna - praktyka,
What's wrong with social security benefits?,
Policy Press 2017.
Arguments for welfare, Rowman and Littlefield 2017.
Thinking collectively will be
published by Policv Press in 2019.
There are longer
publication lists on Google Scholar and ORCID.
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Recent publications and papers 2015
translation: a reply, Global Discourse, DOI:
devolution of social security benefits in Scotland: The
Smith Commission, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 23(1), DOI:
The proposed draft clauses on welfare: submission to
the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee and Evidence to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee,
19.2.2015 Why study public policy?, in K Vaidya (ed)
Public policy and administration for the curious,
The Curious Academic Publishing.
An ideas paper: The case for Public Employment
Common Weal Policy Unit.
Proposals for a Lobbying Transparency Bill -
Consultation Response, Scottish Parliament.
Government: a social policy analysis, Common Weal. New powers for Scotland?, Scottish Anti Poverty Review 19,
Summer 2015, pp. 16-18.
We need more resources than income alone,
Poverty Week, October.
future delivery of social security in Scotland (submission to
the Welfare Reform Committee), and Official
report: Welfare Reform Committee, 10.11.2015, Scottish Parliament. 2016
Ethical covert research, in J Scott-Jones (ed), Research ethics
in practice, London: Sage, vol II.
benefit powers for Scotland, Glasgow: Poverty Alliance.
What can the Scottish Parliament do with new social
security powers? Glasgow: Common Weal
The fiscal framework and the delivery of benefits ,
submission to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, March 2016
Economics as practical wisdom, Real World
Economics Review 75 June 2016 pp 113-125
Poverty as a wicked problem, Bergen: Comparative
Research Programme on Poverty. A new future for social security:
response to the consultation paper .
Evidence to the Social Security Committee of the Scottish
Parliament: Work Programme Priorities,
Official report: Social Security Committee
Pol Spiker (sic),
Politike za Praksu: Belgrade: Univerzitet u Beogradu. 2017
What's wrong with social security benefits?,
Bristol: Policy Press.
Arguments for welfare,
London: Rowman and Littlefield. The takeup of benefits: lessons from the UK, in H van Hootegem
Armoede en ineffectiviteit van
rechten - Pauvreté et ineffectivité des droits, Brussels: die
Principles of Social Welfare (Arabic version),
translated by H Mattar, Democratic Arabic
The Future of Social Security in Scotland: views from
within the system, Glasgow: Public and Commercial Services Union,
2017. Social policy and health care, Addendum 3 of J Sturmberg, Health
systems redesign, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64605-3, pp 283-290.
real dependent variable problem: the limitations of
quantitative analysis in comparative policy studies,
Social Policy & Administration 52(1) pp 216-228 DOI:
50 years of poverty studies: how our ideas of poverty
have changed, Social Policy Association.
Antisemitism: if you think this article is about
Israel, think again, Common Space 16th April
The page of Open
Access materials in this blog includes previously published books,
papers and reports. Five of the books listed above are now available
free of charge on open access:
There are web pages to complement Stigma and social welfare (1984)
Principles of social welfare (1989)
Poverty and social security (1993)
The welfare state: a general theory (2000)
Poverty: an international glossary (2007).
Theory and Practice and How Social Security Works.