The Handbook of Social Policy

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James Midgley, Martin Tracy, Michelle Livermore
SAGE, 2000 - Social Science - 550 pages
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The Handbook of Social Policy is a comprehensive examination of the development, implementation and impact of social policy. The international team of contributors documents the substantial body of knowledge about government social policies and the forces which drive it. The book defines social policy, examines the history of social policy, discusses social services, explores the political economy of social policy, views American social policy in an international context, and speculates on the future of social policy.


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The Nature of Social Policy I
An Overview of American Social Policy
Economic Dimensions of Social Policy
Policy Analysis
Policy Practice
The History of Social Policy
Social Policy and the Progressive Era
Social Policy of the New Deal
Social Policies for People With Disabilities
Social Policy and the Correctional System
Employment Policy and Social Welfare
Education and Social Welfare Policy
Urban Development Policy
The Political Economy of Social Policy
Conservative Approaches to Social Policy
Critical Social Policy

Social Policy and the Great Society
Reagan and Beyond
Social Policy and the Social Services
Social Security
Social Policy and the Elderly
Social Policy and HealthCare
Housing Policy
Social Policies and Mental Health
Welfare Pluralism and Social Policy
The Social Development Perspective in Social Policy
Social Policy and the Physical Environment
Conclusion International and Future
The Future of Social Policy
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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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