The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Political Science - 532 pages
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The first edition ofThe Dynamics of Social Welfare Policyreinvented the standard social welfare policy text to speak to students in a vital new way. This second edition builds on its strengths, with a more accessible graphic design and a thorough update of the effects of recent political and legislative changes on social welfare programs.

The book begins by discussing how social problems are constructed. After an analysis of social welfare policy, its purposes, and functions, a unique policy model bolsters the text's overarching progressive narrative. Through this model, students learn how five key social forces-ideology, politics, history, economics, and social movements-interact both to create and to change the social welfare system. By applying this model to five critical social welfare policy issues-income security, employment, housing, health, and food-the text demonstrates to students that every kind of social work practice embodies a social welfare policy. The model is also telling in identifying the triggers of social change and the effects of race, class, and gender.

By applying the policy model to the latest developments in social welfare, the chapter-long case studies in this second edition equip students with knowledge about social welfare policy and the tools for comparative analysis. With this knowledge, students begin to understand that both the whole and the parts of the social welfare system affect what they actually do as social workers. Once they grasp this concept, they'll understand why it is so important to learn social welfare policy.

The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy 2Ecaptures the fluidity and change inherent in social policy like no other textbook. Its approach remains the most invigorating, forward-thinking one available. Highlights from this edition include:

* Revised data in text, charts, and graphs show how government policies are proving the points made throughout the chapters
*Exhaustive statistics are included about every major social program's budget, benefits, and participants
*Underlying policy model has been updated in response to the evolving political environment
*Content and writing style are appropriate to both bachelor's- and master's-level programs
*More graphics and attractive new two-color interior design make debates easier to grasp and the book easier to navigate

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Contents

The Policy Model
59
Policy Analyses Applying the Policy Model
289
Conclusions
441
Notes
447
Figure Credits
493
Index
497
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Joel Blau, DSW, is Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University.

Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, is Professor at the School of Social Work, Hunter College School of Social Work and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

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