Current social welfare policy in the United States.
Taking a policy analysis framework, American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, 7/e is the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on the American welfare policy. The text provides a critical in-depth look at the major programs that make up the U.S. welfare state, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and TANF.
Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
Understand the social, political, and economic forces that shape social welfare policy.
Analyze the major programs that make up the U.S. welfare state.
Discuss basic social welfare concepts.
Howard Karger is Professor and Head of School, The University of Queensland. Howard was formerly Professor at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, and for seven years headed their doctoral program. He has been on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Louisiana State University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Karger is an internationally recognized scholar in social welfare policy, and has authored or co-authored 10 books and more than 80 articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in major social work and social policy journals in the U.S. and abroad. Howard sits on the editorial boards of six journals. Among his other books are Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), which won the 2006 Independent Publishers Award in Economics/Finance/ Investment. Prof. Karger is a two-time Senior Fulbright Scholar, having done postings at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1989) and the University of Zimbabwe (1994). David Stoesz is Professor of Social Work at Mississippi Valley State University.
In this Section: 1. Brief Table of Contents 2. Full Table of Contents BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: PART ONE: AMERICAN SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY Chapter 1: Social Policy and the American Welfare State Chapter 2: Social Welfare Policy Research: A Framework for Policy Analysis Chapter 3: Religion and Social Welfare Policy Chapter 4: Discrimination in American Society Chapter 5: Poverty in America PART TWO: THE VOLUNTARY AND FOR-PROFIT SOCIAL SECTORS Chapter 6: The Voluntary Sector Today Chapter 7: Privatization and Human Service Corporations PART THREE: THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR CHAPTER 8: The Making of Governmental Policy CHAPTER 9: Tax Policy and Income Distribution CHAPTER 10: Social Insurance Programs CHAPTER 11: Public Assistance Programs CHAPTER 12: The American Health Care System 2 CHAPTER 13: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy CHAPTER 14: Criminal Justice CHAPTER 15: Child Welfare Policy CHAPTER 16: Housing Policies CHAPTER 17: The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life PART FOUR: THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE IN PERSPECTIVE CHAPTER 18: The American Welfare State in International Perspective FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS: PART ONE: AMERICAN SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY Chapter 1: Social Policy and the American Welfare State Definitions of Social Welfare Policy Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy Social Work and Social Policy Values, Ideology, and Social Welfare Policy The Political Economy of American Social Welfare The U.S. Economic Continuum The U.S. Political Continuum The Welfare Philosophers and the Neoconservative Think Tanks Chapter 2: Social Welfare Policy Research: A Framework for Policy Analysis A Proposed Model for Policy Analysis Historical Background of the Policy Researching and Analyzing a Social Policy Assignment Social Policy Research and the Internet Chapter 3: Religion and Social Welfare Policy Religious Antecedents of Welfare Statism The Rise of Social Work as a Profession The Rise of Social Work as a Profession Chapter 4: Discrimination in American Society Discrimination Racism The Minority Middle Class African Americans Hispanic Americans Asian Americans Immigrants and Immigration Women and Society Gays and Lesbians: Two Populations at Risk Ageism People with Disabilities Legal Attempts to Remedy Discrimination Chapter 5: Poverty in America The Culture of Poverty Who Makes Up the Poor? Measuring Poverty Families and Poverty The Rural Poor Work and Poverty Strategies Developed to Combat Poverty World Poverty America's Fringe Economy PART TWO: THE VOLUNTARY AND FOR-PROFIT SOCIAL SECTORS Chapter 6: The Voluntary Sector Today Structural Interests within Social Welfare The Independent Sector Advancing Social Justice The Future of the Voluntary Sector Chapter 7: Privatization and Human Service Corporations Privatization Issues The Challenge of Privatization Unions and the Private Sector Welfare Capitalism Corporate Social Responsibility Corporate Influence on Social Welfare Policy The Future of Corporate Involvement in Social Welfare Human Service Corporations Consolidation and Growth in New Human Service Markets Private Practice CHAPTER 8: The Making of Governmental Policy Technical Aspects of the Policy Process A Critical Analysis of the Policy Process The Policy Process Social Work and Advocacy Organizations Political Practice CHAPTER 9: Tax Policy and Income Distribution History of U.S. Tax Policy Tax Policy and Special Interests Federal Tax Policy State Tax Policy and the Poor The Efficiency of Tax Policy in Reducing Poverty Tax Expenditures AS Poverty Policy The Anti-Tax Movement The Debate Over Economic Inequality CHAPTER 10: Social Insurance Programs Definition of Social Insurance The Background of Social Insurance The Financial Organization of Social Insurance Key Social Insurance Programs The Social Security Dilemma Medicare (Hospital Insurance and Supplementary Medical Insurance) Lingering Problems in the Social Security System Should We Privatize Social Security? Pension Systems in Selected Industrialized Countries CHAPTER 11: Public Assistance Programs Assumptions and Myths about Public Assistance Aid to Families with Dependent Children Supplemental Security Income (SSI) General Assistance Trends and Issues in Public Assistance The Evolution of Public Assistance CHAPTER 12: The American Health Care System The Uninsured 250 The Organization of Medical Services Major Public Health Programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and S-CHIP The Tobacco Settlement The Health Care Crisis Explaining the High Cost of U.S. Health Care Cutting Health Care Costs Reforming U.S. Health Care Comparative Analysis: Health Care in Canada, The United Kingdom, and Australia CHAPTER 13: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy Mental Health Reform The Community Mental Health Centers Acts Deinstitutionalization The Revolving Door The Psychopharmacological Scandal Children's Mental Health Mental Health and substance abuse funding Parity for Mental Health Care Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Substance Abuse CHAPTER 14: Criminal Justice History of U.S. Criminal Justice The Criminal Justice System Juvenile Justice The New jim Crow The War on Drugs The Underclass and "Moral Poverty" Legalization of Drugs The "New Penology" CHAPTER 15: Child Welfare Policy History of U.S. Child Welfare Policy Protective Services for Children Foster Care for Children Adoption Head Start Emerging Issues in Child Welfare CHAPTER 16: Housing Policies Overview of Housing Legislation 336 The Federal Government and Low-Income Housing Programs 338 Issues in Housing Policy Homelessness Housing Reform Housing in an International Context Conclusion360 CHAPTER 17: The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life The Contradictions of American Food Policy Hunger in the United States Governmental Food Programs Farming in the United States Farmworkers Issues in American Farming PART FOUR: THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE IN PERSPECTIVE CHAPTER 18: The American Welfare State in International Perspective Typologies of Welfare States American Exceptionalism The Welfare State in Transition Ranking National Development The Human Development Index The Fourth World Capability Poverty International Aid Global Capital The Future