Social service in health - challenges from the configuration of health policies in Brazil and Portugal
The Centre for Public Administration and Public Policies published a new edition of the Public Sciences and Policies journal, a thematic edition on "Social service in health - challenges from the configuration of health policies in Brazil and Portugal".
This special issue sets out to highlight the role of Social Service in health when faced with the challenges posed by neoliberal policies in a context of austerity. Edited by Carla Pinto (CAPP/ISCSP), Maria Irene Carvalho (CAPP/ISCSP) and Fernanda de Oliveira Sarreta (FCHS, Universidade Estadual Paulista), this edition includes several contributions from both sides of the Atlantic, analyzing the relationships between Social Service and systems of healthcare.
According to the guest editors, "Social Service is now challenged to face globalization, risk and neoliberalism. Globalization itself is contradictory. On one hand, it means greater freedoms, freedom of movement defined by those who set the rules of the game of life; but on the other hand, it is also a sign of localization, of privation, opression and social degradation. In capitalism, Globalization has its "search engine" with negative implications for the State, for social policies, and for overall society".