Dimension in Social Welfare Policy / Edition 4

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Social workers and family therapists need a guide that updates them on the very latest developments in American social policy, including the new Welfare law and new concepts of civic community and privatization. This updated edition does that and more. This book has set the standard for social policy books that provide an analytical focus. The authors, in writing the new edition, have incorporated data and analysis on the newest social welfare legislation and trends into "dimensions" or decision-making alternatives. Market: Social workers, family therapists, and those concerned with the state of our welfare system.
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Addresses intellectual challenges confronted in making social welfare policy choices, and places dimensions of these choices in a theoretical framework that provides a way of thinking about and analyzing social welfare policies that is applicable to a wide range of specific cases. This fourth edition adds a chapter on the history, scope, and philosophy of the modern welfare state, and incorporates discussion of major welfare reform legislation of 1996, the trend toward privatization, and new concepts concerning social capital, civil society, and the enabling state. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205267712
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Field of Social Welfare Policy 1
Institutional Perspectives on the Study of Social Welfare Policy 2
Evolving Institutions and the Welfare State 12
Analytic Perspectives on the Study of Social Welfare Policy 14
Political Perspectives on the Study of Social Welfare Policy 18
Why Policy Analysis Is Relevant to Direct Service Practitioners 21
Emerging Issues: Feminist Perspectives on Social Welfare 23
2 The Modern Welfare State 29
The Evolving Welfare State 29
Theories of Welfare Growth 38
Is America Exceptional? 40
Today's Welfare State 41
Welfare Scope 43
Welfare Realms 45
Emerging Issues: Renegotiating the Boundaries 52
3 A Framework for Social Welfare Policy Analysis 55
Benefit Allocations in the Social Market and the Mixed Economy of Welfare 56
Elements of an Analytic Framework: Dimensions of Choice 60
An Example: The Transformation of Social Services 63
Application of the Fremework 69
Distributive Justice in Public Assistance 70
Individual and Collective Values in Public Assistance 77
Theories, Assumptions, and Social Choice 80
Emerging Issues: The Search for Equity 83
4 The Basis of Social Allocations 89
Who Shall Benefit? 89
Universality and Selectivity in Income Maintenance 93
Child Support and Asset Building Proposals 97
Social Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness 99
Another Perspective on Allocation: A Continuum of Choice 108
Allocative Principles and Institutional-Residual Conceptions of Social Welfare 112
Operationalizing the Allocative Principles 113
Eligibility Versus Access 118
Emerging Issues: Generational Equity 120
5 The Nature of Social Provision 126
Basic Forms: Cash Versus In-Kind 126
Alternative Forms: An Extension of Choice 132
Vouchers: Balancing Social Control and Consumer Choice 134
Substance of the Social Provision 137
Social Provisions as Reflections of Policy Values 141
What Is Not Provided? 144
Cash, Kind, and the Cycles of Public Assistance 147
Emerging Issues: Choice for Whom? 149
6 The Design of the Delivery System 154
Privatization and Commercialization in Service Delivery 155
Promoting Coherence and Accessibility: Service Delivery Strategies 163
Unsettled Questions 178
Selecting Strategies 180
Emerging Issues: Services Rationing and Managed Care 186
7 The Mode of Finance: Sources of Funds 195
Sources of Funds 196
The Philanthropic Contribution 198
Contributory Schemes and Fee Charging 211
Public Financing: Not Entirely a Public Matter 214
Emerging Issues: Finance Social Security 227
8 The Mode of Finance: Systems of Transfer 234
Centralization, Decentralization, and Their Ideologies 235
How the Money Flows 238
How Transfers Are Conditioned 243
Developing Public Welfare 249
AFDC to TANF 251
Emerging Issues: Immigrants, Social Policy, and the States 267
9 Who Plans? Choices in the Process of Policy Formation 273
Planning Models 273
Individualist and Collective Approaches to Planning 278
The Planner's Role 280
Planning in Model Cities 281
Conceptions of the Public Interest 283
Competing Values: Participation, Leadership, and Expertise 286
Shifting Power to City Hall 290
Social Welfare Planning: Drift or Design? 292
Emerging Issues: The Rise of Experimental Design in Policy-Oriented Research 293
Index 297
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