American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, 9th edition

  • Howard Karger, 
  • David Stoesz

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American Social Welfare Policy uses a policy analysis framework to examine national and international social welfare policy. The pluralist approach gives you the background you need to understand core social welfare concepts, grasp the social, political, and economic forces impacting social welfare policy, and analyze the major programs that make up the U.S. welfare state.

The 9th Edition features a new chapter on education and social policy. Extensive updates throughout the text explore the effects of recent domestic and international events on social welfare policy. Every chapter includes new discussions on the impact of the Trump administration on social welfare policy. New coverage explores the impacts of COVID-19, recent developments in Biden's stimulus packages and environmental policy, the rise in extremist groups, the reinstatement of transgender rights in the military, the Me Too movement, and the increased divisiveness in American society.

Published by Pearson (March 17th 2022) - Copyright © 2023

ISBN-13: 9780137472314

Subject: Social Work & Human Services

Category: Social Welfare Policy

Table of contents


  1. Social Policy and the American Welfare State
  2. The Origins of American Social Welfare
  3. Social Welfare Policy Research
  4. Discrimination and Stigma in American Society
  5. Poverty in America


  1. The Voluntary Sector Today
  2. Privatization and Human Service Corporations


  1. The Making of Governmental Policy
  2. Tax Policy and Income Distribution
  3. Social Insurance Programs
  4. Public Assistance Programs
  5. The American Health Care System
  6. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy
  7. Criminal Justice
  8. Child Welfare Policy
  9. Housing Policies
  10. The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life


  1. Social Policy and Education
  2. The American Welfare State in International Perspective

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