The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy

The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy

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The major premise of this textbook is that social welfare policy pervades every aspect of social welfare practice from the obvious areas such as lobbying and administration to less obvious areas of counseling. Blau (social policy, Stony Brook U.) describes the factors that go into forming social welfare policy, presenting separate chapters on economics, politics, ideologies, and social movements. He then presents overviews of the major substantive areas of social welfare policy: income security, employment, housing, health, and food. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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: (1) a description of social welfare policy, (2) a model for understanding any social welfare policy, and (3) tools for thinking critically about social welfare. Recognizing the fluidity of social welfare, the book also helps undergraduate and graduate students identify the triggers that lead to changes in social policy, and, in turn, influence what social workers actually do.
This innovative text presents complex and challenging ideas so that all students can understand them. It reconfigures the discussion of basic policy issues--the construction of social problems, descriptions of major social welfare programs, and the purpose and functions of social welfare policy-in a fresh and accessible way. Covering all CSWE policy-required topics, the text breaks new ground as well by laying out a five-part policy model that shows how the forces of ideology, politics, history, economics, and social movements interact both to create and to change the social welfare system. Through full chapters on each component, this model explores and clarifies the complicated relationship between social policy and social change, including issues of race, class, and gender.

This practical and real-world text empowers students. By making them aware of the persuasive influence of policy on practice, it prepares them as professionals in the twenty-first century to understand the past, present, and future dynamics of social welfare policy.
The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy reinvented the standard social welfare policy text to speak to students in a vital new way. As we enter a new political era, the third edition deploys its distinctive model of how policies develop to include an analysis of the social policy initiatives of the Obama administration. With more graphics, updated charts, sidebars to highlight main points, and definitions of all of the major policy terms, this third edition is the text that best explains the evolution of U.S. social policy from a conservative to a more progressive era.

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 third 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.

The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy, Third Edition captures 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:

* The most recent information on the Obama administration's policy initiatives
* 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
* Key words section at the end of each chapter explains basic policy terminology
* Sidebars, graphics, and study questions highlight the main points and ensure that every student understands the fundamental concepts in social welfare policy
* Content and writing style are appropriate to both bachelor's- and master's-level programs

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780195301885
0195301889
0195109686
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 518 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Abramovitz, Mimi

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