Drawing on social policy developments and case examples from health, the personal social services and mental health, this book examines how risk is replacing need as the key principle of welfare organization and state provision of services. It explores the role of risk-based allocation and rationing systems in a climate of welfare retrenchment.
Hazel Kemshall is Professor of Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. She has research interests in risk assessment, risk management and risk policies, and the role of risk in contemporary welfare and criminal justice provision. She has carried out research into risk assessment for the Economic and Social Research Council's 'Risk and Human Behaviour' programme and has published numerous books and articles on risk in social care and criminal justice.