Beyond Altruism: Social Welfare Policy in American Society

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Haworth Press, 1987 - Political Science - 238 pages
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“When one is dealing with matters like the welfare poor and control of threatening behavior and abuse of young children and teenage pregnancy, there are few neutrals.”

So begins Willard Richan's challenging new book on social welfare policy. Beyond Altruism proceeds from the assumption that social welfare policy is not formulated in an environment free from politics and special interests. The allocation and redistribution of resources, the setting of policy priorities, and even the licensing of social workers are issues that are highly charged and are of enormous signficance to both the parts and the whole of society.

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About the author (1987)

Willard C. Richan is the author of The Onion Man (2010) and Lobbying for Social Change (2006), now in its third edition. He is a professor emeritus at Temple University. Since his retirement in 1993, he has been actively involved in educational and social issues in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he now makes his home. In the 1960s, Dr. Richan directed a research project that played a critical role in the federal court decision ordering the desegregation of the Cleveland, Ohio, public schools.