The Reluctant Welfare State / Edition 7

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Overview

Written in clear, lively prose this highly respected book analyzes the evolution of the American welfare state from colonial times to present. Social welfare policy connects to an empowerment perspective, showing how African Americans, Latinos, women, gays and lesbians, Asian Americans, Native Americans, the elderly, poor people, and other vulnerable populations, as well as social reformers, have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy illustrating how a deep understanding of the past can impact present and future actions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840034403
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 501,457
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce S. Jansson (MA, University of Chicago and Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing case advocacy and policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jansson is probably most well-known for the book THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001). The author of several other titles, Jansson is currently working on two books. One discusses how social workers and other staff in the health and human services can link case and policy advocacy in different sectors including mental health, child welfare, corrections, education, and civil rights. The other analyzes why the United States has not significantly reduced health disparities in the last five decades, and whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will achieve this result.

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Table of Contents

1. The Symbiotic and Uneasy Relationship: Clients, Social Workers and the Welfare State. 2. Making the American Welfare State More Humane, Past, Present, and Future. 3. Fashioning a New Society in the Wilderness. 4. Social Welfare Policy in the 19th Century: 1789-1902. 5. Social Reform in the Progressive Era. 6. Social Policy to Address the Worst Economic Catastrophe in U.S. History. 7. The Era of Federal Social Services: The New Frontier and the Great Society. 8. The Paradoxical Era. 9. The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and Bush Sr. 10. Reluctance Illustrated: Policy Uncertainty during the Clinton Administration. 11. Bush's Quest for Realignment. 12. Could President Barack Obama Reverse the Cycle of History? 13. Why Has the American Welfare State Been Reluctant—And What Can We Do about It? 14. Using Knowledge of the Evolution of the American Welfare State to Improve Your Professional Practice.

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