The Handbook of Social Policy

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SAGE Publications, 2009 - Political Science - 606 pages
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Social policy is a continuously evolving field requiring constant review, documentation, and analysis. The Handbook of Social Policy is an attempt to document the now substantial body of knowledge about government social policies that has been accumulated since the study of social policy first emerged as an organized field of academic endeavor about 50 years ago. The Second Edition offers a more streamlined format to make the book more consistent with the way most instructors teach their courses. This text is a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to a vast field of endeavor that has, over the years, made a significant difference to the lives and the well-being of the people of the United States. New to the Second Edition Provides up-to-date policies and references to include the latest information on social policy Offers a state of the art account of American social policy at the beginning of the 21st century Presents contributions, including more case studies and examples, from leading experts in their respective areas challenge the norm in thinking about social welfare policy Focuses more attention on diverse populations and international issues Includes added content to reflect the areas that have received increased attention such as advocacy, policy practice, immigration issues, discrimination, and more. This is excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as History of Social Policy, Education and Social Policy, and International Social Policy in the fields of social policy, public policy and administration, and social work.
 

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About the author (2009)

James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to Social Welfare in Global Context which was published by Sage in 1997, he has published widely on issues international social work and social welfare. He is particularly well known for his work on social work and social policy in the developing world and he is widely regarded as a pioneer of this field. His most important books dealing with social work and social welfare in the developing countries include: Professional Imperialism: Social Work in the Third World, Heinemann.1981; The Social Dimensions of Development; Social Policy and Planning in the Third World, Wiley, 1982 (with M. Hardiman); Social Security, Inequality and the Third World, Wiley 1984; Comparative Social Policy and the Third World (with S. MacPherson) Harvester, 1987; Social Development: The Developmental Perspective in Social Welfare. Sage, 1995; and Social Policy for Development (with A. Hall, Sage, 2004). Professional Imperialism and Social Security, Inequality and the Third World were among the first to address issues of social work and Social Security in the developing countries.

Midgley is also a pioneer in the field of international social work. He formulated the proposal for Profiles in International Social Work, one of the first books dealing with international social work which was co-edited with M. C. Hokenstad and Shanti K. Khinduka and published by NASW Press for the World Social Work Congress in 1992. Subsequently, he published two additional books with M. C. Hokenstad on international social work for NASW Press. These are Issues in International Social Work (1997) and Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations (2004). Midgley’s graduate textbook Social Welfare in Global Context which was published by Sage in 1997 has been widely adopted.

His other recent books include: The Handbook of Social Policy (with M. Tracy and M. Livermore) Sage, 2000; Controversial Issues in Social Policy (with Howard Karger and Brene Brown, Allyn & Bacon, 2003), and Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations. (With M. C. Hokenstad NASW Press, 2004).

Michelle Livermore is a doctoral student in the department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. She has published in the areas of community practice, poverty, and social development. Her interests lie in factors influencing social and economic well-being including public policy and community interventions.

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