Cengage Advantage Books: The Reluctant Welfare State 7e

ISBN-13: 9781111770631 / ISBN-10: 1111770638

Bruce S. Jansson, University of Southern California
576pp
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2012
Available Now
£97.99

Written in clear, lively prose by one of the foremost scholars of social welfare, this book analyzes the evolution of the American welfare state from colonial times to the present placing social policy in its political, cultural, and societal context. Part of the BROOKS/COLE EMPOWERMENT SERIES, this 7th edition integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Features

  • This edition integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • This edition contains new historical material, including the last four years of the administration of President George W. Bush up to the eve of the pivotal 2008 national election, and the first 18 months of the Presidency of Barack Obama.
  • The text discusses six dimensions that make the American welfare state more “reluctant” than most European states, and identifies multiple factors that have contributed to this reluctance.
  • The text more explicitly links historical events to contemporary issues and policies, and uses historical materials to motivate students to become policy advocates in contemporary society.
  • Uniquely links social welfare policy to an empowerment perspective, showing how vulnerable populations, as well as social reformers, have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy.
  • Five moral issues are identified in the opening chapter, and in subsequent chapters discussing each in terms of the policy choices made.
  • Selected events, described at the beginning of each chapter, orient students to the chapter’s chronology.
  • The Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC), a centralized online resource that allows students to build their skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional, is now available to students at no additional cost when bundled with this text. Instructors have free access to the HPLC materials through the password-protected Instructor’s Companion Site.

1. The Symbiotic and Uneasy Relationship: Clients, Social Workers and the Welfare State.
2. Making the American Welfare State More Humane, Past, Present, and Future.
3. Fashioning a New Society in the Wilderness.
4. Social Welfare Policy in the 19th Century: 1789-1902.
5. Social Reform in the Progressive Era.
6. Social Policy to Address the Worst Economic Catastrophe in U.S. History.
7. The Era of Federal Social Services: The New Frontier and the Great Society.
8. The Paradoxical Era.
9. The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and Bush Sr.
10. Reluctance Illustrated: Policy Uncertainty during the Clinton Administration.
11. Bush’s Quest for Realignment.
12. Could President Barack Obama Reverse the Cycle of History?
13. Why Has the American Welfare State Been Reluctant--And What Can We Do about It?
14. Using Knowledge of the Evolution of the American Welfare State to Improve Your Professional Practice.
  • This edition integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • The relevance of history to the contemporary period has been reinforced by including the first 18 months of the Presidency of Barack Obama in Chapter 12.
  • New section titled “What You Can Do Now” with bulleted items that review content in the chapter relevant to the 2008 EPAS Competencies and Practice Behaviors at the end of every chapter.
  • NEW: Analysis of policy innovations in specific historical eras that could be revived or expanded in the contemporary period.
  • NEW: Analysis of policy failures in specific historical eras, making students aware to ill-considered policies in contemporary society.
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Bruce S. Jansson
Bruce S. Jansson (MA, University of Chicago and Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing case advocacy and policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jansson is probably most well-known for the book THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001). The author of several other titles, Jansson is currently working on two books. One discusses how social workers and other staff in the health and human services can link case and policy advocacy in different sectors including mental health, child welfare, corrections, education, and civil rights. The other analyzes why the United States has not significantly reduced health disparities in the last five decades, and whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will achieve this result.