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Abramovitz writings overarching themes include History US Welfare State, the Impact of Neoliberalism on the US Welfare State; Contemporary Social Welfare Policy Issues; Low Income Women’s Activism; and Class, Race, Gender and Social Welfare Policy.
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Illustrates how over the past several decades, the introduction of the business model, managerialism, into the human services has led to dramatic changes in conditions of work and service delivery. Discusses the analysis of the combined negative impact of managerialism and structural racism on human services organizations and names the problem and presses us to rewrite the rules so we become a racial justice profession.
Applies the Social Structures of Accumulation Crisis theory to the expansion and contraction of the US welfare state. Introduces the concept of a Capital-Gender Accord and Capital Race Accord to the well-known concept of the Capital Labor Accord to explain the resolution of social, economic and pollical conflict in each arena.
Discusses how welfare states mediate conflicts between the requirements for profitable production & effective social reproduction (or care work). Elaoborates on how social structures of accumulation and feminist theories reveal that from 1935 to 1975, welfare states underwrote the costs of social reproduction easing the crisis & strains of women's Depression-era and post-war care work.
Discusses Post-war welfare states and how they mediated 3 contradictions embedded in market economics
Examines findings from a survey of 295 National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign participants detailing the scale & scope of voter engagement in social work schools & and social service agencies.
Documents how Neoliberal privatization (i.e., Managerialism) restructures non-profit and public sector agencies to increase measurement of productivity, efficiency, accountability & standardization.
Reflects the experience of nearly 3,000 frontline NYC human services workers who assess how business principles and practices in their agencies affect service delivery and the values and mission of the social work profession.
Traces the history of the US welfare state from colonial times to the present from the perspective of women. Defines the welfare state as a site of struggle whose benefits contain the potential to regulate, but also liberate women. Uses lenses of gender race & class.