Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy

Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, 8th edition

  • Diana DiNitto, 
  • David H. Johnson

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Overview

Social Welfare emphasizes the current political aspects of social welfare policies and programs, including public assistance, Social Security, disability, health insurance, child welfare, and more. The authors present conflicting perspectives and encourage you to think critically, debate, and consider your own views.

Published by Pearson (August 27th 2015) - Copyright © 2016

ISBN-13: 9780205959730

Subject: Social Work & Human Services

Category: Social Welfare Policy

Table of contents

Brief Table of Contents

Introduction: Politics, Rationalism, and Social Welfare Policy
1. Politics and the Policymaking Process
2. Analyzing, Implementing, and Evaluating Social Welfare Policy
3. Politics and the History of Social Welfare Policy
4. Ending Poverty: Is It an Issue Anymore?
5. Preventing Poverty: Social Insurance and Personal Responsibility
6. Disability Policy: Embracing a Civil Rights Perspective
7. Helping Needy Families
8. Providing Healthcare: Can All Americans Be Insured?
9. Preventing Poverty: Education and Employment Policy
10. Providing Social Services: Help for Children, Older Americans, and Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
11. The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Gender and Sexual Orientation
12. The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Conclusion: Politics, Rationalism, and the Future of Social Welfare Policy

Detailed Table of Contents

Introduction: Politics, Rationalism, and Social Welfare Policy
What Is Social Welfare Policy?
Social Welfare Policy: A Rational Approach
Social Welfare Policy: A Political Approach
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

1. Politics and the Policymaking Process
The Policymaking Process
Financing the Welfare State
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

2. Analyzing, Implementing, and Evaluating Social Welfare Policy
The Politics of Policy Analysis
The Politics of Policy Implementation
The Politics of Policy Evaluation
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources

3. Politics and the History of Social Welfare Policy
The Early History of Social Welfare Policy in America
The Great Depression and Fdr′s New Deal
LBJ and the War on Poverty
More Social Welfare Expansion
The Reagan and Bush Years
The Presidential Years of Bill Clinton
The George W. Bush Presidency
Barack Obama′s Presidency
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

4. Ending Poverty: Is It an Issue Anymore?
What Is Poverty?
Why Are the Poor, Poor?
The Politics of Hunger
The Politics of Affordable Housing
Poor and Homeless: Not Invisible AnyMore
A Fundamental Shift
Does Welfare Cause Poverty?
Whither Public Assistance?
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

5. Preventing Poverty: Social Insurance and Personal Responsibility
Preventing Poverty Through Compulsory Savings
Social Security: The World′s Largest Social Welfare Program
Social Security′s Goals: Adequacy, Equity, and Efficiency
Saving Social Security
Public Policy and Private Pensions
Unemployment Insurance
Workers′ Compensation
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

6. Disability Policy: Embracing a Civil Rights Perspective
Disability and Civil Rights
Public Assistance and Disability
Veterans Administration Disability System
Disability and Work
Disability Policy for Children
Disability Policy for the Future
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

7. Helping Needy Families
From Mothers′ Aid to AFDC
Making Parents Pay: A History of Child Support Enforcement
Benefits of Child Support
Child Support Enforcement Agency′s Services
Child Support Enforcement′s Effectiveness
State Compliance and Cse Privatization
The Reincarnations of Welfare and Work
Why the Fuss About "Welfare"?
Has Welfare as We Knew It Ended?
Spending Forecast
How Effective Has TANF Been?
TANF′s Future
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

8. Providing Healthcare: Can All Americans Be Insured?
Good Health or Medical Attention?
How Americans Pay for Healthcare
What Ails Healthcare?
Incrementalism and the 2009-2010 Effort for Universal Healthcare
Healthcare: More Ethical Dilemmas
Summary
Discussion and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

9. Preventing Poverty: Education and Employment Policy
Education for the Few or the Many?
Public Education: The Progressive Era to World War II
The Post World War II Era: Increased Federal Involvement in Education
Was Thirty Years of Educational Reform Necessary?
Education and the Obama Administration
Federal Reluctance in Employment Policy
Reluctance Overcome: The New Deal
The War on Poverty: The Search for a Cure
Minimum Wages and Living Wages
Economic Crisis, the Bush Bailout, and the Obama Stimulus Plan
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

10. Providing Social Services: Help for Children, Older Americans, and Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Social Services in the United States
Child Welfare Policy and Services
Social Services for Older Americans
Social Services for Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

11. The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Gender and Sexual Orientation
The Feminization of Poverty
Women in Political Office
Resuscitating the Equal Rights Amendment
Family Care
No Middle Ground on Abortion Rights
Confronting Violence Against Women
The Era of Lgbt Rights
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Websites
Notes

12. The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Racial Equality: How Far Have We Come?
The Civil Rights Acts
School Desegregation
Housing and Racial Discrimination
Affirmative Action
Voting Rights
American Indians and Public Policy
Racial and Ethnic Targeting
Immigration and Social Welfare
Summary
Discussion Questions and Class Activities
Resources
Notes

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