Policy-Based Profession: An Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis for Social Workers / Edition 3

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THE POLICY-BASED PROFESSION: An Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis for Social Workers, Third Edition
Philip R. Popple, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Leslie Leighninger, Arizona State University

"The text is an excellent introduction to the policy making process and provides students with important insight into how to influence the policy making process. I highly recommend the text for undergraduate courses."
John T. Pardeck, Southwest Missouri State University

This social welfare policy text, written specifically for use within the field of social work, shows students the crucial connection between social policy and the everyday practice of social work. The Third Edition of The Policy-Based Profession provides students with a process for analyzing policies that will help them as they enter a career in social work. This text brings students up-to-date on the latest developments in welfare reform, managed care, the campaign to restructure Social Security, program and policy responses to the problems of substance abuse and the use of family preservation as an approach to child protection.

Highlights of the Third Edition:

  • Concluding chapter incorporates a section called "Taking Action," which introduces students to policy practice skills including program evaluation, advocacy, lobbying, and forming coalitions.
  • Examines new and updated policy such as the reauthorization and evaluation of TANF, legislative and public responses to President Bush's proposal to increase federal funding for faith-based charities, the growing dilemma of rising health costs,andspecific proposals for dealing with the increasing cost of prescription drugs.
  • Includes new discussions of health policy issues related to prescription drug costs and rising health costs in general.
Other Titles of Interest:

Controversial Issues in Social Policy, Second Edition
Howard Jacob Karger, James Midgley, and C. Breni Brown
Order No. 0-205-33745-7

Health and Health Care Policy: A Social Work Perspective
Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin
Order No. 0-205-30672-1

Special Value Pack Option:

You can order this text packaged with a FREE Research Navigator( for The Helping Professions guide, which features a free password for access to an array of online sources. This new Pearson Learning product helps students and instructors find credible and reliable material for research assignments and papers.

Remember to use the special ISBN 0-205-42184-9 to order this package!

Defines social welfare policy, provides social/economic analysis, models of policy making, aging, mental health, etc

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Editorial Reviews

Helps undergraduate and graduate social work students analyze and evaluate social welfare policies that affect their work and the lives of their clients. Outlines a policy-based model of the social work profession which recognizes the social welfare system as a major factor, then delineates historical, political, social, and economic facets of the policy context, combining them in a policy analysis framework. Later material applies this framework to representative policies in aging, mental health, public welfare, and child welfare. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Despite the relationship between social welfare policy and social work practice, the authors (both trained as social welfare historians) argue that few students have a good grasp of how to analyze and evaluate the policies that will affect their work, their clients' lives, and the larger community. This text is intended to help undergraduates and graduate students acquire these skills. It outlines the historical, political, social, and economic contexts for social welfare policy, combines the four contexts in a policy analysis framework, and applies the framework to representative policies in the fields of public welfare, aging, mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare. The second edition includes a brief discussion of policy practice skills. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205386635
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/29/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Social Welfare Policy and the Social Work Profession 1
1 The Policy-Based Profession 3
2 Defining Social Welfare Policy 23
Pt. II Social Welfare Policy Analysis 35
3 Social Welfare Policy Analysis: Basic Concepts 39
4 Policy Analysis from a Historical Perspective 64
5 Social/Economic Analysis 85
6 Politics and Social Welfare Policy 108
Pt. III The Framework Applied 139
7 Fighting Poverty: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families 145
8 Aging: Social Security as an Entitlement 186
9 Mental Health: Managed Care 214
10 Substance Abuse Policies 252
11 Child Welfare: Family Preservation Policy 278
12 Conclusion 315
App. A Library Research for Practitioner Policy Analysis 335
App. B Historical Policy Analysis Research 366
Index 373
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