American Policy Making: Welfare as Ritual

American Policy Making: Welfare as Ritual

By: William M. Epstein (author)Hardback

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American Policy-Making will surely create controversy by challenging the prevailing ethos of humanitarianism. Epstein points to the perils of unrestricted subjectivity-the corruption of both social science and social discourse-and argues for a more disciplined approach to policy-making. This is a uniquely unsentimental analysis of American social policy-making with great scope and depth, particularly in the personal social services, philosophic and historical dimensions. It is also a bold call to action to create more effective policies for social welfare.

About Author

William M. Epstein is professor of social work at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 1 Political Theory, Ideology, and Social Welfare Chapter 5 2 The Willow World of Virtue: Rationality and Effectiveness in the Personal Social Services Chapter 6 3 The American Ethos 1: Two Civil Religions Chapter 7 4 The American Ethos 2: America Speaks - The Polls and Policy Choice Chapter 8 5 The American Ethos 3: Social Welfare Services as Rituals of the Civil Religion Chapter 9 6 Two Romances: The Enlightenment and the Anti-Enlightenment Chapter 10 7 Science, Limited Science, and Scientism Chapter 11 8 Hiding from the Jacobins Part 12 References Part 13 Afterword

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742517325
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780742517325
  • weight: 458
  • ISBN10: 0742517322

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