Dynamics Of Social Welfare Policy

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$89.50
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $68.07
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 23%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $68.07   
  • New (3) from $84.49   
  • Used (2) from $68.07   

Overview

This book examines ten key issues-poverty, taxation and the economy, health, criminal justice, child welfare, education, housing, elderly issues, civil rights, and global issues-confronting social work professionals and places them in their larger context. The introduction to each issue identifies its genesis or the reasons that the issue became a dominant theme in the policy-making agendas of Congress. The second and third sections of each issue provide actual arguments written and spoken by elected officials, both in the U.S. Congress and the presidency, representing liberal versus conservative viewpoints on the issues. By providing the actual text of the arguments and refraining from interpreting and biasing the political viewpoints of the legislators, the book enables students to critically evaluate each side of the debate and to become empowered to bring about change. The vantage point of Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy is that both liberal and conservative policy makers have good reasons for upholding their respective beliefs. Students are thus provided with the opportunity to learn about both sides. This knowledge will improve students' confidence when approaching policy makers and enhance their ability to be effective advocates. Understanding both sides of issues central to social work will facilitate the development of arguments and policy options that satisfy decision makers of either political orientation.

Special features of this volume: -presents a wide variety of social welfare issues important to social workers from the perspectives of the "right" and "left" using original congressional speeches paired in a clear "pro-con" format, -familiarizes the reader with themain issues of contention and sets a context for reviewing the speeches presented, -engages social work students in the policy-making forces that influence the scope and efficacy of interventions in social work practice, -emphasizes the role that values and ideology play in the policy-making process, -fosters development of critical thinking skills by freeing students to form their own opinions and interpretations of policy-makers' speeches, -identifies carefully selected resources for additional reading that provide a basis for further learning and discussion, -constitutes a valuable supplement to social welfare policy textbooks whose breadth typically hinders in-depth exploration of the issues and value positions of the different political orientations.

About the Author:
Gardenia Harris, Ph.D., MSW, is assistant professor at Illinois State University where she teaches social welfare policy and field practicum courses.

About the Author:
Bernard Ivan Tamas, Ph.D., is assistant professor of politics and government at Illinois State University

About the Author:
Nancy S. Lind is professor of politics and government and associate department chair at Illinois State University

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

December 2008 Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
The authors of this informative book have compiled an interesting collection of excerpts....The authors are to be commended not only for coming up with an innovative idea but for compiling an informative collection of excerpts that clearly reveal the differences between liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.
April 2008 CHOICE
The use of original narratives from each side of these value-laden legislative debates makes this book useful...as a supplement to most policy textbooks on the undergraduate or graduate levels. Recommended.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559493
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

As an assistant professor at Illinois State University, Gardenia Harris, Ph.D., MSW, teaches social welfare policy and field practicum courses. Her research interests include racial disparities in the provision and outcomes of social services, the differential impact of child welfare policies on minorities, the effectiveness of drug treatment courts, and HIV among middle-aged African American women. She began her career working as an in-home family therapist, and later served as a manager of an adolescent residential treatment facility. Subsequently she was employed as an academic skills counselor at a private college. Bernard Ivan Tamas, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. Professor Tamas has been a Fulbright scholar to the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-MIT Data Center, a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, and a visiting professor at both Brandeis University and Williams College. This is his third authored or co-authored book. Nancy S. Lind is professor of politics and government and associate department chair at Illinois State University. Her specializations include public administration and policy as well as bureaucracy and the American presidency. She has four edited books including Violence and Its Alternatives, Presidents from Reagan through Clinton, Controversies of the George W. Bush Presidency, and Comparative Public Administration.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Poverty     7
Taxation and the Economy     27
Health     69
Criminal Justice     99
Child Welfare     125
Education     145
Housing     177
Elderly Issues     189
Civil Rights     207
Global Issues     231
Index     265
About the Authors     273
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)