This book locates the issue of ‘vulnerability’ in an international context, within public-sector reform processes, and goes beyond the conceptualization of existing concepts of policing and vulnerability to include multi- and intra-agency working. It uncovers many competing and contradictory conceptualisations of the phenomenon and shows how a variety of agencies in different jurisdictions prioritise and operationalise this escalating 21st-century social problem.

Two recurring themes of this edited collection are the ways in which non-state organisations and agencies have become an acknowledged feature of modern service delivery, and how the withdrawal of the state has heralded a perceptive shift from collective or community provision towards the stigmatization of individuals. Increasingly, public service professionals and ‘street level bureaucrats’ work in collaboration with non-state agents to attempt to ameliorate vulnerability. Chapter contributions were deliberately drawn from combinatory empirical, theoretical, policy and practice fields, and diverse academic and policy/professional authors. Editors and authors deliberately cast their nets widely to provide integrative scholarship, and contributions from international perspectives to confirm the complexity; and how socio/cultural, political and historic antecedents shape the definitions and responses to vulnerability.

This collection will appeal to academics, policy makers and practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines, such as public management and leadership, criminology, policing, social policy, social work, and business management, and any others with an interest in or responsibility for dealing with the issue of vulnerability.

chapter 1|13 pages


Contested Perspectives on Vulnerability: Which Groups Are Vulnerable and Why?
ByGareth David Addidle, Joyce Liddle

chapter 2|22 pages

Beyond Public Services

The Era of New Public Populism
ByAlex Murdock, Stephen Barber

chapter 3|18 pages

The Impact of Brexit on Vulnerability

Using a Theoretical Lens of Transnational and Local Linkages
ByJoyce Liddle, Gareth David Addidle

chapter 4|24 pages

Vulnerability a Collective or Individual/Agency Issue?

Has Vulnerability Replaced Community Safety in the UK and Are We Stigmatising the Individual?
ByStephen Brookes

chapter 5|17 pages

Responding to Vulnerability in Practice – Ambulance, Police and Fire and Rescue Services

ByJonathan Knox, Stephen Down, Helen McMillan, Peter Murphy

chapter 6|23 pages

Professional Vulnerability in the UK Public Sector

The Social Work Operational Environment
ByBrian Brown, David Cook

chapter 7|21 pages

Virtually Vulnerable

Why Digital Technology Challenges the Fundamental Concepts of Vulnerability and Risk
ByAndy Phippen, Emma Bond

chapter 9|17 pages

UK Immigration Policy

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Vulnerability
ByIan Fitzgerald, Sirak Berhe Hagos

chapter 10|19 pages

Responding to Ageing Demographics

A Positive View from a Public Administration and Public Policy Perspective
ByAlex Murdock

chapter 11|18 pages

The Important Voices of Care Experienced People in Relation to Services

ByStephanie Hunter, Susan McKenna, Rachel Close, Rachel Woodley

chapter 12|14 pages

Lesson Drawing for Theory, Policy and Practice

Developing a Future Research Agenda
ByJoyce Liddle, Gareth David Addidle