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Provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of social welfare policy in the United States.

This text is part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series.

American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, Brief Edition examines social welfare policy in the United States, and includes cutting-edge issues such as information on the 2008 presidential election, the economy, the housing bust, the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and much more.

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  • Engage Students – Offers a user-friendly framework for policy analysis.
  • Explore Current Issues – Information on Social Welfare Policy; the 2008 Election; Proposition 8; Economic issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205053957
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition description: Brief
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface

CHAPTER 1 Social Policy and the American Welfare State

CHAPTER 2 Social Welfare Policy Research: A Framework for Policy Analysis

CHAPTER 3 Religion and Social Welfare Policy

CHAPTER 4 Discrimination in American Society

CHAPTER 5 Poverty in America

CHAPTER 6 The Voluntary Sector Today

CHAPTER 7 Privatization and Human Service Corporations

CHAPTER 8 The Making of Governmental Policy

CHAPTER 9 Tax Policy and Income Distribution

CHAPTER 10 Social Insurance Programs

CHAPTER 11 Public Assistance Programs

CHAPTER 12 The American Health Care System

CHAPTER 13 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy

CHAPTER 14 Criminal Justice

CHAPTER 15 Child Welfare Policy

CHAPTER 16 Housing Policies

CHAPTER 17 The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life

CHAPTER 18 The American Welfare State in International Perspective

Notes

References

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface

CHAPTER 1 Social Policy and the American Welfare State

Definitions of Social Welfare Policy

Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy

Values, Ideology, and Social Welfare Policy

The Political Economy of American Social Welfare

Keynesian Economics

Conservative or Free Market Economics

Democratic Socialism

The U.S. Political Continuum

Liberalism and Left-of-Center Movements

Classical Conservatives and the Far Right

The risk shift

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 2 Social Welfare Policy Research: A Framework for Policy Analysis

Problems that necessitate the Policy

Policy Description

Policy Analysis

Researching and Analyzing Social Policies

Social Policy Research and the Internet

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 3 Religion and Social Welfare Policy

Religious Antecedents of Welfare Statism

Church, State, and Social Welfare in Colonial America

The Second Great Awakening

The Civil War Era

The Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

The Rise Of Social Work As A Profession

Urban Needs During Industrialization

Charity Organization Societies

Settlement Houses

The Social Casework Agency

The Progressive Movement

Prohibition and the Twenties

The Great Depression and New Deal

The Reawakening of a Religious Social Conscience and the Great Society

The Continuing Decline of Mainline Influence

The New Christian Right

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 4 Discrimination in American Society

Discrimination

Racism

The Minority Middle Class

The “Diswelfare” of African Americans

Hispanic Americans

American Indians

Asian Americans

Immigrants and Immigration

Guest Workers

Women and Society

Fighting Back: The Equal Rights Amendment and Comparable Worth

Abortion and Women’s Rights

Gays and Lesbians: Two Populations at Risk

Gay Rights

Gay and Lesbians in the Military

Gay and Lesbian Family Life

AIDS and the Gay Community

Ageism

Elderly Poverty and Social Programs

Health Care and the Elderly

People with Disabilities

Legal Attempts to Remedy Discrimination

Desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement

Affirmative Action

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 5 Poverty in America

The culture of poverty

Eugenics and Poverty

The Radical School and Poverty

Who Makes Up the Poor?

Measuring Poverty

Families and Poverty

Child Support Enforcement

Children in Poverty

Poverty and the Elderly

The Rural Poor

Work and Poverty

A Profile of the Working Poor

Why Are There Working Poor?

Underemployment and Unemployment

Dual Labor Markets

Wages and Poverty

Strategies Developed to Combat Poverty

IDAs

Three Approaches to Combat Poverty

America’s Fringe Economy

The Unbanked and the Functionally Poor

Credit and the Poor

Transportation in the Fringe Economy

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 6 The Voluntary Sector Today

Structural Interests within Social Welfare

Traditional Providers

Welfare Bureaucrats

Clinical Entrepreneurs

Human Service Executives

Marginal Interests

The Forgotten Sector

Advancing Social Justice

Contemporary Nonprofit Human Service Organizations

The United Way

Elite Philanthropy

The Future of the Voluntary Sector

Commercialization

Faith-Based Social Services

Social Entrepreneurship

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 7 Privatization and Human Service Corporations

Privatization Issues

Commercialization

Preferential Selection

Cost-Effectiveness

Standardization

Oligopolization

The Challenge of Privatization

Unions and the Private Sector

Corporate Welfare

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Influence on Social Welfare Policy

The Future of Corporate Involvement in Social Welfare

Human Service Corporations

Consolidation and Growth in Human Service Markets

Nursing Homes

2003 Medicare Reforms

Hospital Management

Health Maintenance Organizations

Child Care

Home Health Care

Assisted Living

Corrections

Public Welfare

Implications for Health and Human Service Professionals

Private Practice

The Future of Private Practice

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 8 The Making of Governmental Policy

Technical Aspects of the Policy Process

A Critical Analysis of the Policy Process

The Policy Process

Social Stratification

Formulation

Legislation

Implementation

Evaluation

Social Work and Advocacy Organizations

Advocacy Organizations and the New Policy Institutes

Political Practice

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 9 Tax Policy and Income Distribution

History of U.S. Tax Policy

Tax Policy and Special Interests

Federal Tax Policy

State Tax Policy and the Poor

The Efficiency of Tax Policy in Reducing Poverty

Tax Expenditures as Poverty Policy

The Anti-Tax Movement

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 10 Social Insurance Programs

Definition of Social Insurance

The Background of Social Insurance

The Financial Organization of Social Insurance

Key Social Insurance Programs

Oasdi

Unemployment Insurance

Workers’ Compensation

The Social Security Dilemma

Arguments against the Current Social Security System

Arguments for the Current Social Security System

Social Security in Trouble

The Long-Term Prospects for Social Security

Should We Privatize Social Security?

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 11 Public Assistance Programs

Assumptions and Myths about Public Assistance

Aid to Families with Dependent Children

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

Has the PRWORA Worked?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

General Assistance

Trends and Issues in Public Assistance

Transforming Public Assistance Policy into Labor Policy

Teenage Pregnancy

Welfare Behaviorism

Welfare to Work

Conclusion: The Evolution of Public Assistance

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 12 The American Health Care System

The Uninsured

The Organization of Medical Services

Major Public Health Programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP

Medicare

Medicaid

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

The Health Care Crisis

Overview of U.S. Health Care Expenditures

U.S. Health Care in International Perspective

Explaining the High Cost of U.S. Health Care

Hospital Costs

Physicians’ Salaries

The Pharmaceutical Industry

Cutting Health Care Costs

Managed Care

The Underinsured

Reforming U.S. Health Care

National Health Service

National Health Insurance

Incremental Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148)

Comparative Analysis: Health Care in Canada, Britain and Australia

The Canadian Health Care System

Britain’s National Health Service

The Australian Health Care System

Conclusion

Practice Test

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CHAPTER 13 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy

Mental Health Reform

The Community Mental Health Centers Acts

Deinstitutionalization

The Revolving Door

CMHCs under Siege

Mental Health Service Delivery

Parity for Mental Health Care

Issues in Mental Health Policy

Substance Abuse

Alcohol Abuse

Drug Abuse

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 14 Criminal Justice

History of U.S. Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice System

Juvenile Justice

The War on Drugs

The Underclass and “Moral Poverty”

Legalization of Drugs

The “New Penology”

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 15 Child Welfare Policy

History of U.S. Child Welfare Policy

Protective Services for Children

Foster Care for Children

Adoption

Head Start

Emerging Issues in Child Welfare

Day Care

Maternal and Child Health

Teen Pregnancy

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 16 Housing Policies

Overview of Housing Legislation

The Federal Government and Low-Income Housing Programs

Issues in Housing Policy

Trends in U.S. Housing

Problems in Home Ownership

Home Ownership and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

The Downside of Home Ownership

Tricky Mortgages

Problems in Finding Affordable Rental Housing

Gentrification

Overcrowded and Deficient Housing

Other Factors Affecting Housing

Homelessness

Characteristics of the Homeless Population

Trends in Homelessness

Attempts to Address Homelessness

Housing Reform

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 17 The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life

The Contradictions of American Food Policy

Hunger in the United States

Government Food Programs

SNAP (Formerly Called Food Stamps): a Description of the Program

SNAP: Who Is in the Program and What Does It Cost?

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Other Food Programs

Have the Food Programs Worked?

Farming in the United States

Farmworkers

Issues in Farming and food production

The Corporatization of American Farming

Farming and the Environment

Food Safety

Sustainable Agriculture

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

CHAPTER 18 The American Welfare State in International Perspective

Typologies of Welfare States

American Exceptionalism

The Welfare State in Transition

Ranking National Development

The Human Development Index

The Fourth World

Capability Poverty

International Aid

Global Capital

The Future

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Notes

Index

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