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Current social welfare policy in the United States.

Taking a policy analysis framework, American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, 7e is the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on the American welfare policy. The text provides a critical in-depth look at the major programs that make up the U.S. welfare state, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and TANF.

This text is available in a variety of formats — print and digital. Check your favorite digital provider for your etext, including Coursesmart, Kindle, Nook, and more. To learn more about our programs, pricing options and customization, click the Choices tab.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Understand the social, political, and economic forces that shape social welfare policy.
  • Analyze the major programs that make up the U.S. welfare state.
  • Discuss basic social welfare concepts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205853137
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Edition description: Student
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Karger is Professor and Head of School, The University of Queensland. Howard was formerly Professor at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, and for seven years headed their doctoral program. He has been on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Louisiana State University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prof. Karger is an internationally recognized scholar in social welfare policy, and has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 80 articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in major social work and social policy journals in the U.S. and abroad. Howard sits on the editorial boards of six journals.

Among his other books are Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), which won the 2006 Independent Publishers Award in Economics/Finance/ Investment.

Prof. Karger is a two-time Senior Fulbright Scholar, having done postings at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1989) and the University of Zimbabwe (1994).

David Stoesz is Professor of Social Work at Mississippi Valley State University.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PART ONE: AMERICAN SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

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

PART TWO: THE VOLUNTARY AND FOR-PROFIT SOCIAL SECTORS

Chapter 6: The Voluntary Sector Today

Chapter 7: Privatization and Human Service Corporations

PART THREE: THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR

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 2

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

PART FOUR: THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE IN PERSPECTIVE

CHAPTER 18: The American Welfare State in International Perspective


FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PART ONE: AMERICAN SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

Chapter 1: Social Policy and the American Welfare State

Definitions of Social Welfare Policy

Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy

Social Work and Social Policy

Values, Ideology, and Social Welfare Policy

The Political Economy of American Social Welfare

The U.S. Economic Continuum

The U.S. Political Continuum

The Welfare Philosophers and the

Neoconservative Think Tanks

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

A Proposed Model for Policy Analysis

Historical Background of the Policy

Researching and Analyzing a Social Policy Assignment

Social Policy Research and the Internet

Chapter 3: Religion and Social Welfare Policy

Religious Antecedents of Welfare Statism

The Rise of Social Work as a Profession

The Rise of Social Work as a Profession

Chapter 4: Discrimination in American Society

Discrimination

Racism

The Minority Middle Class

African Americans

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Immigrants and Immigration

Women and Society

Gays and Lesbians: Two Populations at Risk

Ageism

People with Disabilities

Legal Attempts to Remedy Discrimination

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

World Poverty

America’s Fringe Economy

PART TWO: THE VOLUNTARY AND FOR-PROFIT SOCIAL SECTORS

Chapter 6: The Voluntary Sector Today

Structural Interests within Social Welfare

The Independent Sector

Advancing Social Justice

The Future of the Voluntary Sector

Chapter 7: Privatization and Human Service Corporations

Privatization Issues

The Challenge of Privatization

Unions and the Private Sector

Welfare Capitalism

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Influence on Social Welfare Policy

The Future of Corporate Involvement in Social Welfare

Human Service Corporations

Consolidation and Growth in New Human Service Markets

Private Practice

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

Political Practice

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

The Debate Over Economic Inequality

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

Medicare (Hospital Insurance and Supplementary Medical Insurance)

Lingering Problems in the Social Security System

Should We Privatize Social Security?

Pension Systems in Selected Industrialized Countries

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

The Evolution of Public Assistance

CHAPTER 12: The American Health Care System

The Uninsured 250

The Organization of Medical Services

Major Public Health Programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and S-CHIP

The Tobacco Settlement

The Health Care Crisis

Explaining the High Cost of U.S. Health Care

Cutting Health Care Costs

Reforming U.S. Health Care

Comparative Analysis: Health Care in Canada, The United Kingdom, and Australia

CHAPTER 13: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy

Mental Health Reform

The Community Mental Health Centers Acts

Deinstitutionalization

The Revolving Door

The Psychopharmacological Scandal

Children’s Mental Health

Mental Health and substance abuse funding

Parity for Mental Health Care

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Substance Abuse

CHAPTER 14: Criminal Justice

History of U.S. Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice System

Juvenile Justice

The New jim Crow

The War on Drugs

The Underclass and “Moral Poverty”

Legalization of Drugs

The “New Penology”

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

CHAPTER 16: Housing Policies

Overview of Housing Legislation 336

The Federal Government and Low-Income

Housing Programs 338

Issues in Housing Policy

Homelessness

Housing Reform

Housing in an International Context

Conclusion360

CHAPTER 17: The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life

The Contradictions of American Food Policy

Hunger in the United States

Governmental Food Programs

Farming in the United States

Farmworkers

Issues in American Farming

PART FOUR: THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE IN PERSPECTIVE

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

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