Analysts of organizational and employment issues in social welfare are in need of a more critical orientation for framing debate. We propose that an understanding of welfare workers as surplus population offers critical insights into a number of longstanding welfare concerns, including political coalitions, professional standards, and worker burnout. Empirical evidence is presented to undergird the credibility of the surplus population argument.
Dressel, Paula; Sweat, Mike; and Waters, Michelle
"Welfare Workers as Surplus Population: A Useful Model?,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 15
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol15/iss1/7