From the Back Cover
Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need
Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
Mark J. Stern
University of Pennsylvania
Social Welfare, Seventh Edition, describes and analyzes the ideas that have shaped the history of social welfare–from the Colonial Period to the present day. It offers a comprehensive examination of the history of social welfare that explores the ideas and the economic and political forces that have shaped policy development, providing students with a foundation for understanding current policies.
- New! The period from 1992—2006 (Chapter 9) looks at the main thrusts of social welfare policy emphasized by the Republican majority in Congress and examines their impact on the poor and the oppressed in the United States.
- Chapter 9 includes updated material on Medicare prescription drug legislation, welfare reform, Hurricane Katrina, and social security privatization.
- Expanded sections cover the historical development of institutions and the de-institutionalization movement.
- Revised discussion of the War on Poverty takes recent scholarship into consideration.
- Expanded discussions of trends in the justice system address the immigration debate and the issue of homosexuality and the law.
- New Discussion Questions for each chapter help engage students in the role of history in contemporary policy debates.
What the reviewers are saying…
“I really enjoy Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need and find that each time I read it in order to prepare for class, I pick up a few new interesting facts.”
Michael Wolf-Branigin, George Mason University
“I think [Social Welfare] is still the best overall text for BSW or MSW students in courses that emphasize the history of social welfare. It is well-organized, researched and written. It has a clear theme that is maintained throughout the book. It reflects the disciplinary strengths of the authors (economics and history) and it uses primary source documents effectively.” Michael Reisch, University of Michigan
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