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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205223541
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Series: Connecting Core Competencies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 187,346
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Karger is Professor and Head of the School of Social Work and Human Services, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. David Stoesz was Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University. Howard and David have been friends and colleagues for more than 25 years. In 2001 they collaborated on the creation of policyAmerica, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating innovations in social policy. In addition to American Social Welfare Policy, they coauthored (with Lela Costin) The Politics of Child Abuse in America (Oxford University Press, 1996) and Reconstructing the American Welfare State (Rowman and Littlefield, 1992). Howard’s book, Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy (Berret-Koehler, 2005) examines the financial practices and products that exploit millions of American families and won the 2006 Independent Publishers Award in Finance/Investment/Economics. David’s book, Quixote’s Ghost: The Right, the Liberati, and the Future of Social Policy (Oxford University Press, 2005), explains how conservatives have assumed control of domestic policy and proposes a new framework for social policy. It won the 2006 Pro Humanitate Literary Award. Howard lives in Brisbane, Australia; David and his son Julio live in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

2.) FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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

FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

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

The U.S. Political Continuum

The Risk Shift

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

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

Problems That Necessitate the Policy

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

The Rise Of Social Work As A Profession

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 4 Discrimination in American Society

Discrimination

Racism

The Minority Middle Class

Hispanic Americans

American Indians

Asian Americans

Immigrants and Immigration

Women and Society

Gays and Lesbians: Two Populations at Risk

Ageism

People with Disabilities

Legal Attempts to Remedy Discrimination

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 5 Poverty in America

The Culture of Poverty

Who Makes Up the Poor?

Measuring Poverty

Families and Poverty

The Rural Poor

Work and Poverty

Strategies Developed to Combat Poverty

America’s Fringe Economy

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 6 The Voluntary Sector Today

Structural Interests within Social Welfare

The Forgotten Sector

Advancing Social Justice

Contemporary Nonprofit Human Service Organizations

The Future of the Voluntary Sector

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 7 Privatization and Human Service Corporations

Privatization Issues

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

Implications for Health and Human Service Professionals

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 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

The Social Security Dilemma

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

Chapter 11 Public Assistance Programs

Assumptions and Myths about Public Assistance

Aid to Families with Dependent Children

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

General Assistance

Trends and Issues in Public Assistance

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

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

Cutting Health Care Costs

Managed Care

The Underinsured

Reforming U.S. Health Care

Comparative Analysis: Health Care in Canada, Britain and Australia

Conclusion

Practice Test

MySearchLab Connections

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

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

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

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

Farming in the United States

Farmworkers

Issues in Farming and Food Production

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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