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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: The Reluctant Welfare State, 8th Edition

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  • Bruce S. Jansson University of Southern California
  • ISBN-10: 1285746929  |  ISBN-13: 9781285746920
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
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About

Overview

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, THE RELUCTANT WELFARE STATE, 8th Edition, aims to help students develop 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). Rather than passively reading about social welfare history, students are asked to interact with the issues, oppressed populations, ethical choices, social and ideological conflicts, advocates, and policies in preceding eras and in the contemporary period-analytically and ethically. The author examines how social welfare policy connects to an empowerment perspective, showing how vulnerable populations, as well as social reformers, have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy.

Features and Benefits

  • The book 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). Icons identify this coverage.
  • “Learning Outcomes” sections at the end of every chapter present bulleted items that review chapter content relevant to the 2008 EPAS Competencies and Practice Behaviors. They are followed by “Competency Notes” that list the specific policies and standards addressed in the chapter along with the page numbers on which the material appears.
  • The author offers analyses of policy innovations in specific historical eras that could be revived or expanded in the contemporary period. He also offers analyses of policy failures in specific historical eras, raising students' awareness of ill-considered policies in contemporary society.
  • The text discusses several 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 explicitly links historical events to contemporary issues and policies, and uses historical materials to motivate students to become policy advocates in contemporary society.
  • The author links social welfare policy to an empowerment perspective, showing how vulnerable populations, as well as social reformers, have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy.
  • Brief inserts in each chapter summarize key issues and policies and ask students to critically reflect on the issues and/or their professional role. Some “Critical Analysis” inserts direct students to websites where they will find more information about specific topics. Other inserts help students make ethical decisions.

Table of Contents

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: 1968–1980.
9. The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and Bush, Sr.
10. Reluctance Illustrated: Policy Uncertainty During the Clinton Administration.
11. George W. Bush's Quest for Realignment.
12. Would 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.

What's New

  • New chapter-opening learning outcomes, repeated throughout each chapter as section heads, guide and focus students' reading.
  • New statistics and references are incorporated throughout the book, including content related to the first five years of the Obama presidency.
  • Chapter 12 on the Obama presidency has numerous updates: the 2012 presidential campaign; recent budget battles, including social programs as losers in budget cuts; Obama's policies on immigration reform, gun control, and economic growth; and the Supreme Court's DOMA and Prop 8 decisions. It also highlights 2012 incidents illustrating how policies regarding women continue to be embroiled in ideological conflict (e.g., the uproar when the Komen Foundation announced it would stop funding Planned Parenthood and conservative senators' opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act).

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285747135 | ISBN-13: 9781285747132)

This updated Instructor's Manual is designed to help faculty teach social policy history and encourage creative thinking. It contains many innovative teaching suggestions from social work professors.

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285747143 | ISBN-13: 9781285747149)

This text-specific test bank simplifies assessment.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285873556 | ISBN-13: 9781285873558)

These vibrant, Microsoft PowerPoint lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture, by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook!

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285746988 | ISBN-13: 9781285746982)

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LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285872258 | ISBN-13: 9781285872254)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.