This chapter discusses recent developments on the management of social work services, particularly focusing on the role and functions of social work managers and the issues that impact upon the firstline management of practice. It summarizes the development of managerialism and markets, and outlines the position of managers and the dilemmas they face. The chapter discusses the potential contribution of critical management studies (CMS) to the understanding of management and managers in social work. It concludes by advocating a more critical understanding of social work managers through the application of Bourdieu’s (1990) concept of habitus.
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