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

  • Howard Karger, 
  • David Stoesz

Your access includes:

  • Search, highlight, and take notes
  • Easily create flashcards
  • Use the app for access anywhere
  • 14-day refund guarantee

$10.99per month

4-month term, pay monthly or pay $43.96

Learn more, spend less

  • Special partners and offers

    Enjoy perks from special partners and offers for students

  • Find it fast

    Quickly navigate your eTextbook with search

  • Stay organized

    Access all your eTextbooks in one place

  • Easily continue access

    Keep learning with auto-renew


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



  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

Your questions answered

Pearson+ is your one-stop shop, with eTextbooks and study videos designed to help students get better grades in college.

A Pearson eTextbook is an easy‑to‑use digital version of the book. You'll get upgraded study tools, including enhanced search, highlights and notes, flashcards and audio. Plus learn on the go with the Pearson+ app.

Your eTextbook subscription gives you access for 4 months. You can make a one‑time payment for the initial 4‑month term or pay monthly. If you opt for monthly payments, we will charge your payment method each month until your 4‑month term ends. You can turn on auto‑renew in My account at any time to continue your subscription before your 4‑month term ends.

When you purchase an eTextbook subscription, it will last 4 months. You can renew your subscription by selecting Extend subscription on the Manage subscription page in My account before your initial term ends.

If you extend your subscription, we'll automatically charge you every month. If you made a one‑time payment for your initial 4‑month term, you'll now pay monthly. To make sure your learning is uninterrupted, please check your card details.

To avoid the next payment charge, select Cancel subscription on the Manage subscription page in My account before the renewal date. You can subscribe again in the future by purchasing another eTextbook subscription.

Channels is a video platform with thousands of explanations, solutions and practice problems to help you do homework and prep for exams. Videos are personalized to your course, and tutors walk you through solutions. Plus, interactive AI‑powered summaries and a social community help you better understand lessons from class.

Channels is an additional tool to help you with your studies. This means you can use Channels even if your course uses a non‑Pearson textbook.

When you choose a Channels subscription, you're signing up for a 1‑month, 3‑month or 12‑month term and you make an upfront payment for your subscription. By default, these subscriptions auto‑renew at the frequency you select during checkout.

When you purchase a Channels subscription it will last 1 month, 3 months or 12 months, depending on the plan you chose. Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of your term unless you cancel it.

We use your credit card to renew your subscription automatically. To make sure your learning is uninterrupted, please check your card details.