This chapter explores some of the implications for professional ethics of the changes that have been taking place in the organisation and practice of the social professions in the context of moves towards marketisation, privatisation, and increasing managerialism. These changes are located in a context of the restructuring of the ‘welfare state’, and a questioning of the legitimacy, trustworthiness and effectiveness of professionals as outlined in Chapter 1 (see, for example, Clarke et al., 2000; Exworthy and Halford, 1999; Jones, 2001; Jordan and Jordan, 2000; Lymbery, 2000; O’Neill, 2002b). The discussion draws on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 32 practitioners.
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