Social Policy and Social Programs: A Method for the Practical Public Policy / Edition 5

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Overview

This popular and practical text explores the basics of social policy and program analysis, including how to design new programs or evaluate and improve upon existing ones. It provides readers with the criteria for judging the effectiveness of current programs and outlines methods for analyzing social services such as counseling and therapeutic services, supportive assistance, and “hard benefits” such as food stamps, cash, and housing vouchers.

Highlights of the New Edition —

  • The most up-to-date information on current social programs
  • A new section on the revolutionary move towards privatization of social welfare services in the past decade discussing its advantages and disadvantages
  • A new section on the recent devolution of social welfare responsibilities from the federal government onto the states with its accompanying difficulties and benefits for financing and service delivery
  • A new section on “faith-based” service delivery, and the new “charitable choice” idea
  • A new section on the development of “for-profit” service delivery agencies and systems
  • Updated sources and references with the latest research, including new data on poverty, poverty lines, TANF, Medicare/Medicaid, and child welfare legislation.
  • Examination of the dramatic changes that have been made in the U.S. welfare system, especially those that have weakened the basic safety net: medical care, child welfare, and immigration law and practices

What reviewers are saying —

“The value of the text for me is that it does not focus on a particular area or issue, but provides the skills future social workers need to evaluate areas of interest or need in practice.” — Iris Phillips, University of Southern Indiana

“Overall the students find the writing clear and concise and the concepts engaging and useful. The policy framework provided by the author is one of their favorite frameworks for policy analysis.” — Roger E. Boyd, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

“I love the book and have used it for more than 5 years. That is the longest I have used any text in my teaching career.” — Ruth White, Seattle University

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What Colleagues are Saying:

“The value of the text for me is that it does not focus on a particular area or issue, but provides the skills future social workers need to evaluate areas of interest or need in practice.” – Iris Phillips, University of Southern Indiana

“Chapter one does an excellent job of presenting problem definition, causes, ideology/values, and gainers/losers. Item 4, Dangers in Half-Dime Novels and Story Papers is a fantastic exercise!” – Iris Phillips, University of Southern Indiana

“Overall the students find the writing clear and concise and the concepts engaging and useful. The policy framework provided by the author is one of their favorite frameworks for policy analysis.” – Roger E. Boyd, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

“I love the book and have used it for more than 5 years. That is the longest I have used any text in my teaching career.” – Ruth White, Seattle Univesity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205571642
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/26/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Social Work Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,234,829
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Creating the Context for Social Policy Analysis: The Social Problem Context

Chapter 1: Analyzing the Social Problem Background of Social Policies and Social Programs

Part 2: A Style of Policy Analysis for the Practical Public Policy Analyst

Chapter 2: An Overview of a Style of Policy Analysis: A Value-Critical Approach

Chapter 3: The Analysis of Policy Goals and Objectivves in Social Programs and Policies

Chapter 4: Who Gets What: The Analysis of Types of Benefits and Services

Chapter 5: Who Gets What, How Much, and Under What Conditions: Analysis of Eligibility Rules

Chapter 6: Anaylsis of Service-Delivery Systems and Social Policy and Program Design

Chapter 7: How Do We Pay for Social Welfare Policies and Programs? Analysis of Financing

Chapter 8: Analysis of Interactions among Policy Elements

Part 3: Analysis of Social Policies and Social Programs Using Basic Concepts and Evaluation Criteria: An Example

Chapter 9: An Example of Social Policy and Social Program Analysis: Selected Features of Federal Child Welfare Legislation since 1970, Concerned with Child Abuse

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