Occupying liminal spaces in post-conflict social welfare reform? Local professionals and international organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maglajlic, Reima Ana and Stubbs, Paul (2017) Occupying liminal spaces in post-conflict social welfare reform? Local professionals and international organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

This article presents the findings from a small-scale, exploratory, qualitative study on the perceptions of local managers working for international organisations involved in in social welfare reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a post-conflict society. The findings explore the nature of the involvement of international organisations in the reform efforts during and after the war, characterised by the development of a parallel welfare system, imported understandings of social welfare issues and difficulties in ensuring that international projects are complementary to statutory services and embedded within the wider society. The nature of policy translation renders many of these projects and programmes unsustainable. In conclusion, the text argues for closer linkages between social welfare and development studies research and practice, addressing the political dimensions of welfare reform and the need for greater coproduction of post-conflict social welfare policies and practices with service users.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social work, social welfare reform, post-conflict societies, Bosnia and Herzegovina, translation
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0544.5 International social work
Depositing User: Reima Ana Maglajlic
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 08:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 19:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67011

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