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American Social Welfare Policy : Pluralist Approach with Research Navigator

American Social Welfare Policy : Pluralist Approach with Research Navigator - 4th edition

American Social Welfare Policy : Pluralist Approach with Research Navigator - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780205420735

ISBN10: 0205420737

American Social Welfare Policy : Pluralist Approach with Research Navigator by Howard Karger and David Stoesz - ISBN 9780205420735
Edition: 4TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
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American Social Welfare Policy : Pluralist Approach with Research Navigator by Howard Karger and David Stoesz - ISBN 9780205420735

ISBN13: 9780205420735

ISBN10: 0205420737

Edition: 4TH 05

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This best-selling text provides a comprehensive overview of social welfare policy in the United States while examining such cutting-edge issues as technology and social welfare policy and the relationship between tax policy and social welfare policy.

American Social Welfare Policy examines how the major sectors of social welfare policy--the voluntary, governmental, corporate, and private sectors--operate and co-exist (the "pluralist approach"). It also offers a clear, user-friendly framework for policy analysis and coverage of the impact of welfare reform legislation.

The Research Navigator Edition includes 32 pages of new content concerning how to use Research Navigator for the Helping Professions in conjunction with the text. This material goes chapter-by-chapter highlighting research and writing activities pertinent to the content. An access code to Research Navigator website is also included in the front of the text. This website gives students access to the ContentSelect Research database, which contains thousands of scholarly journals and popular publications, as well as to the New York Times Search by subject archive, which has a complete year of full-text articles organized by academic subject.


  • Provides students with a comprehensive overview of the social, political, and economic forces that shape social welfare policy and offers a user-friendly framework for policy analysis.
  • Helps students sort out the major institutional actors within social welfare policy and provides a clear explanation of how these different actors make up the American social welfare system.
  • Includes a students access code to Research Navigator, a 24-hour web-based treasure trove of articles, web-links, citation guidelines and more, designed to strengthen student research and writing skills. Visit to learn more.
  • Includes information on the relationship between technology and policy and advocacy, and social policy research on the Internet.
  • Examines the relationship between tax policy and social welfare policy.
  • Provides an evaluation of the effects of welfare reform legislation.
  • Covers the major changes in manage care, the effects of the tobacco settlement on health care, and the effects of the CHIPS (Child Health Initiative) program.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



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.

2. Social Welfare Policy Research: A Framework for Policy Analysis.

A Proposed Model for Policy Analysis.
Researching and Analyzing Social Policies.

3. Technology and Social Policy.

The Digital Divide.
Political Advocacy and the Internet.
Social Policy Research and the Internet.

4. Discrimination in American Society.

Discrimination Against African Americans.
Hispanic Americans.
Native Americans.
Asian Americans.
Immigrants and Immigration.
Women and Society.
Gays and Lesbians: Two Populations at Risk.
People with Disabilities.
Legal Attempts to Remedy Discrimination.

5. Poverty in America.

Some Theoretical Formulations About Poverty.
Who Make Up the Poor?
Measuring Poverty.
Families and Poverty.
The Urban and Rural Poor.
Work and Poverty.
Strategies Developed to Combat Poverty.


6. The Voluntary Sector Today.

Structural Interests Within Social Welfare.
The Forgotten Sector.
Advancing Social Justice.
Contemporary Nonprofit Human Service Organizations.
The Future of the Voluntary Sector.

7. Privatization and Human Service Corporations.

Concepts About Privatization.
Issues in the Privatization of Health and Human Services.
The Challenge of Privatization.
Unions and the Private Sector.
Corporate Welfare.
History of the Corporate Sector.
Corporate Social Responsibility.
Corporate Influence on Social Welfare Policy.
The Future of Corporate Involvement in Social Welfare.
Human Service Corporations.
Consolidation and Growth in Human Service Markets.


8. The Making of Governmental Policy.

Technical Aspects of the Policy Process.
A Critical Analysis of the Policy Process.
The Policy Process.
Nondecision Making.
Social Workers and Social Reform.
Social Work and Advocacy Organizations.
Political Practice.

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 Antitax Movement.

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.

11. Public Assistance Programs.

Some Assumptions that Underlie Public Assistance.
Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Supplemental Security Income.
General Assistance.
Issues in Welfare Reform.

12. The American Health Care System.

The Organization of Medical Services.
Major Public Health Care Programs: Medicare, Medicaid, and S-Chip.
The Health Care Crisis.
Explaining the High Cost of U.S. Health Care.
Cutting Health Care Costs.
AIDS and Health Care.
Reforming U.S. Health Care Comparative Analysis: Health Care In Canada and Britain.

13. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy.

Mental Health Reform.
The Community Mental Health Centers Act.
The Revolving Door.
CMHCS Under Siege.
Preventive Commitment.
Mental Health Service Delivery.
Parity for Mental Health Care.
Substance Abuse.
Private Practice and Mental Health Services.

14. Criminal Justice.

History of U.S. Criminal Justice.
The Criminal Justice System.
Juvenile Justice.
The War on Drugs.
The Underclass and "Moral Poverty."
Legalization of Drugs.
The "New Penology."

15. Child Welfare Policy.

History of Child Welfare Policy.
Protective Services for Children.
Foster Care for Children.
Head Start.
Emerging Issues in Child Welfare.
The Future of Child Welfare.

16. Housing Policies.

Overview of Housing Legislation.
The Federal Government and Low-Income Housing Programs.
Issues in Housing Policy.
Housing Reform.

17. The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life.

Hunger In the United States.
Governmental Food Programs.
Farming in the United States.
Governmental Farm Policies.


18. The American Welfare State in International Perspective.

Typologies of Welfare States.
American Exceptionalism.
The Welfare State in Transition.
Ranking National Development.
Capability Poverty.
International Aid.
Global Capital.
The Future.


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