Social Welfare Politics and Public Policy

ISBN-10: 0205793843
ISBN-13: 9780205793846
Edition: 7th 2011
Authors: Diana M. DiNitto
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Book details

List price: $179.20
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

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
Politics and the Policymaking Process
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)
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. 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
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
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
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?
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 controversies in civil rights legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments
Illustrations look at the qualifying for SSI, Plans to Achieve Self Sufficiency, the proposed Community Choice Act, and the United Nations Disability Convention
Helping Needy Families: Ending Welfare as We Knew It
Discusses the controversies in the Child Support Enforcement and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families programs, including the sweeping changes made by the 1996 welfare reform legislation, e.g., the move from a public assistance to a more work-focused program, the precipitous drop in caseloads, and what has happened to those leaving the TANF program
Illustrations include the penalties incurred when earnings from work increase and a comparison of the supports for families with young children across nations
Financing Health Care: Can All Americans Be Insured?
This chapter discusses Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program and how these programs fare in covering older, young, and low-income Americans. It looks at the private insurance market and describes the battle over health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010. Ethical dilemmas in health care such as euthanasia and privacy are also addressed
Illustrations include a look at who is uninsured and who is not, the fight over a public option in health care reform, and the high costs of health care, including comparisons across nations
Preventing Poverty Through Education and Employment
This new chapter traces education policy from its initial focus on American values to a focus on access and now on achievement, including the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. It also looks at the evolution of job programs to the current Workforce Investment Act and the modest results these job programs have produced over the last decades
Among the chapter illustrations is one that considers alternatives to a college education, such as apprenticeships
Providing Social Services: Help for Children, Older Americans, and Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
This chapter focuses on child welfare including the many controversies over removing children from their homes and placing them in foster care or in adoptive homes. It addresses social services for older adults, especially the Older Americans Act, and controversial issues such as guardianship. It looks at the history and current state of services for those who have mental and/or substance use disorders, including the effects of the war on drugs on these individuals and their families
Among the illustrations are Baby Moses laws, the removal of children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch, the problems that drug abuse poses in the child welfare system, and a recovery bill of rights for those with alcohol and drug problems
The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Social Policy, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Among the controversial gender issues this chapter addresses are comparable worth, an equal rights amendment, abortion and other contraception, and violence against women legislation. the controversial sexual orientation issues it addresses are employment discrimination, hate crimes, gay marriage and adoption, and gay men and lesbians serving in the military
Illustrations discuss women in politics, domestic violence courts, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and discrimination against GLBT students
The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
School desegregation, housing discrimination, affirmative action, voting rights, Cobell vs. Norton, racial and ethnic targeting, and immigration are among the topics addressed in this chapter
Illustrations focus on topics such as racial profiling and Americans' fears about immigration

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