The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy

The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy

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"The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy" reinvents the contemporary social welfare policy textbook. Organized around the explicit premise that every kind of social work practice embodies a social welfare policy, the book develops three types of knowledge: a description of social welfare policy; a model for understanding any social welfare policy; and tools for critical thinking about social welfare. Recognizing the fluidity of social welfare, this knowledge is then used to identify the factors that trigger policy change and influence what social workers actually do. The book begins by examining how social problems are constructed. It then goes on to discuss social welfare policy, its purposes and functions. After describing the main social welfare programs, the book breaks new ground by laying out a five-part policy model, which shows, through full chapters on each subject, how economics, politics, ideology, social movements, and the history of social welfare define social welfare policy. In each instance, the analysis helps to explain how these factors operate, highlights the relationship between them and social policy, and provides the tools for understanding and criticizing the world in which social policy evolves. The text then lucidly applies this model of policy analysis to five key social welfare policy issues: income security, employment, housing, health, and food. Since the same policy-template is used in chapter-long discussions of these issues, the text affords students an opportunity to compare how different parts of the model affect different social policies and points to the model's broader utility. Unique among policy textbooks, this seamless narrative combines an easily understood model of social welfare policy analysis and the application of that model to five policy areas in the same volume. Framed by the notion of fluidity and change, this comprehensive text provides students with the knowledge and skills to analyze past, present, and future social more

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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 179.3 x 261.6 x 30.5mm | 1,088.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line drawings and halftones
  • 0195109686
  • 9780195109689

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments; PART I: INTRODUCING SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY; 1. Introduction: Social Problems, Social Policy, and the Triggers of Social Change; 2. Definitions and Functions of Social Welfare Policy; PART II: THE POLICY MODEL; 3. The Economy and Social Welfare; 4. The Politics of Social Welfare; 5. Ideological Perspectives and Conflicts; 6. Social Movements and Social Changes; 7. Social Welfare History in the United States; PART III: POLICY ANALYSES: APPLYING THE POLICY MODEL; 8. Income Support: Programs and Policies; 9. Jobs and Job Training: Programs and Policies; 10. Housing: Programs and Policies; 11. Health Care: Programs and Policies; 12. Food and Hunger: Programs and Policies; PART IV: CONCLUSION; 13. Conclusion: If You Want to Analyze a Policy more

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"A very readable and comprehensive book that brings a refreshingly new approach to the field by stressing the ever-changing nature of social welfare policy and the need for students to understand the way social policy is shaped by history, ideology, economics, politics, and social movements. This excellent book offers important and challenging insights and deserves to be widely read."-James Midgley, Harry & Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley"I really appreciate this text because it facilitates understanding of the many factors that often complicate social policy in real life experiences. It gives students the tools for questioning and challenging our social welfare practices and approaches as we encounter changing social conditions. Students love it because they are able to recognize key aspects of the policy framework in their personal stories and in the fabric of every day life."--CarolAnn Daniel, Ph.D, Brooklyn College"A lucid and thoughtful presentation of the dynamic aspects of social welfare policy for students of social work and related human servicesunique and proactive."-Paula Allen-Meares, The Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Education, and Dean, School of Social Work, University of Michigan "This text brings to life the texture and pulse of decisions and processes that help determine who will eat steadily, find quality shelter, stay employed, afford transportation, secure child care, and enjoy a livable income. It will serve graduate and undergraduate students for years to come."-Barbara Levy Simon, Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia University "A welcome departure from most social policy texts that prepares students to analyze social issues and to construct strategies for changing crucial social welfare policiesa novel and effective approach."-Josefina Figueira-McDonough, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Justice Studies and Social Work, Arizona State University"Blau and Abramovitz have given us the great gift of their many combined years of professional experience and advocacy for the poor. You don't have to be a social work student to profit from their clarity and insights; I, for one, will be referring to this book for years to come."-Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America "An accessible, readable, and stimulating approach to social welfare policy that will inform, challenge, and motivate both undergraduate and graduate students. New and exciting, this well-researched and organized text will help students master the intricacies of social welfare policy and became policy-sensitive practitioners."--Irwin Nesoff, DSW, Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson, Social Work Department (BSW), Kean Universityshow more

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