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American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, 8th Edition

Howard Jacob Karger
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American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, 8th Edition

By Howard Jacob Karger, David Stoesz
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Overview
Author
Howard Jacob Karger
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Edition
8th
ISBN
9780134628127
Published Date
05/01/2017
Pages
457

For courses in Social Welfare Policy.

 


American Social Welfare Policy, 8th Edition cultivates an understanding of both national and international social welfare policy. Using a policy analysis framework, the authors give students the background needed to grasp the social, political, and economic forces that shape social welfare policy, analyse the major programs that make up the U.S. welfare state, and discuss basic social welfare concepts. Updated throughout, the Eighth Edition examines the dramatic domestic and international events occurring since the previous edition that have impacted social welfare policy worldwide.

Biography

Howard Karger is professor, Hawai’i Pacific University, School of Social Work.

 

David Stoesz is professor, Flinders University/Carnegie Mellon University—Australia.

 

Howard and David have been friends and colleagues for more than three decades. In addition to eight editions of American Social Welfare Policy, they have coauthored three other books.

Features
  • Stronger emphasis on international social welfare policy in recognition of our increasingly interconnected global environment.

  • Coverage of current events and issues and their impact on social welfare policy. Topics include:

    • The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency.

    • Terrorist acts in Orlando, San Bernardino, Ankara, Paris, and other locations.

    • The impact of the Islamic State (ISIL), the Arab Spring, and much more.

  • An examination of the influence of global capitalism that includes a discussion of the relationship between developed nations and undeveloped nations and shifts in capital and jobs in unprecedented numbers.

  • A political economy perspective that examines how the interaction of politics and the economy shapes the American welfare state.

  • Coverage of major institutional actors helps students sort out the actors within social welfare policy and provides a clear explanation of how these different actors make up the American social welfare system.

  • A streamlined narrative. Full-colour charts and graphs make the material easy to comprehend. 

  • An added chapter on social welfare history, with a focus on American social welfare history (Chapter 2). 

  • Updated content on international systems. 

  • Added content on guns as a health policy issue. 

  • Added content on Black Lives Matter and police shootings. 

  • Comprehensive and updated data throughout the book. 

Table of contents
  • PART I. AMERICAN SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY
  • 1. Social Policy and the American Welfare State
  • 2. A Brief History of the American Social Welfare State
  • 3. Social Welfare Policy Research
  • 4. Discrimination in American Society
  • 5. Poverty in America 
  • PART II. THE VOLUNTARY AND FOR-PROFIT SECTORS
  • 6. The Voluntary Sector Today
  • 7. Privatization and Human Service Corporations 
  • PART III. THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR
  • 8. The Making of Governmental Policy
  • 9. Tax Policy and Income Distribution
  • 10. Social Insurance Programs
  • 11. Public Assistance Programs
  • 12. The American Health Care System
  • 13. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy
  • 14. Criminal Justice
  • 15. Child Welfare Policy
  • 16. Housing Policies
  • 17. The Politics of Food Policy and Rural Life
  • PART IV. THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE IN PERSPECTIVE
  • 18. The American Welfare State in International Perspective