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Social welfare : Politics and public policy

Author: Diana M DiNitto
Publisher: Boston : Pearson Education, 2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 7. edView all editions and formats
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Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, Seventh Edition, emphasizes the current political aspects of policymaking and major social welfare programs, including public assistance, Social Security, disability, health insurance, and much more. The author also focuses on policies that affect issues as racism, sexism, gay rights, and immigration. In addition, a wealth of updated instructor and student supplements give  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana M DiNitto
ISBN: 9780205793846 0205793843
OCLC Number: 769180454
Notes: All chapters conclude with "Summary," "End Notes," Websites, and suggestions for Class Discussion and Activities. Preface. Introduction: Politics, Rationalism, and Social Welfare Policy Instructors have asked for a shorter introductory chapter. * This shorter chapter focuses on rational and political approaches to understanding social welfare policy and policymaking. * A boxed illustration "Special Tips for the Legislative Process" focuses on ideas for policy practice. Chapter 1. Politics and the Policymaking Process.
Includes controversies in policy implementation that had disastrous results during and following hurricane Katrina, and controversies in the evaluations of social welfare programs, especially Head Start and D.A.R.E. Chapter 3: Politics and the History of Social Welfare Policy * Covers the major periods in U.S. social welfare history and political conflicts during each, including information on the Obama administration. Also discusses sources of welfare expansion.* Illustrations include "The Revolution No One Noticed," including a figure illustrating social welfare and defense spending, and an illustration on the controversies over federalism in social welfare. Chapter 4. Ending Poverty: Is It An Issue Anymore? * This chapter has been a favorite of many instructors. Presents six different approaches to defining poverty (deprivation, inequality, lack of human capital, culture, exploitation, structure) and approaches to addressing poverty based on these definitions.
Discusses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 and other housing programs, and assistance for those who are homeless. Discusses the successes of conservatives in promoting their views for addressing poverty. Raises the question of whether Americans have come to accept the current level of poverty in the United States.* Illustrations highlight the extent and depth of poverty and income inequality in the United States, describe the Self-Sufficiency Standard as an alternative to the federal poverty measure, what it takes to qualify for SNAP, and contrast the experiences of Barbara Ehrenreich and Adam Shepard in "making it" in America.
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Contents: Focuses on stages and issues in the policymaking process, including political ideology and the influence of special interests, and financing the welfare state (federal, state, and local taxes), including who pays and who benefits.* Illustrations include: top contributors to Republican and Democratic candidates; one PAC's criteria for supporting candidates; campaign finance reform; where the federal budget comes from and where it goes; and changing policy through grassroots action (another policy practice tool). Chapter 2. Analyzing, Implementing, and Evaluating Social Welfare Policy * Emphasizes that politics affects even the technical aspects of policy analysis, implementation, and evaluation* Provides a model of policy analysis and examples of policy implementation and policy evaluation. Chapter 5: Preventing Poverty: Social Insurance and Personal Responsibility * Discusses the major social insurance programs: Social Security (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance), unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation and the political controversies surrounding these programs.* Considers whether Social Security is equitable for women, people of different racial and ethnic groups, and members of different generations, and a number of approaches to making Social Security solvent for the future and for modernizing unemployment insurance and workers' compensation* Illustrations include "Social Security --
Who Qualifies, and How Much Do Beneficiaries Receive?" and "Will You Reap What You Sow? 6. Disability Policy: From Public Assistance to Civil Rights * Discusses the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program and its controversies, including the disability determination process and case backlog; conflicting goals of public assistance and rehabilitation and work programs; and con

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