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Empowerment Series: Social Welfare Policy and Social Programs 4th Edition

Elizabeth A. Segal

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2013
  • 448 Pages


Segal's SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS, 4th Edition enables students to identify, describe, and analyze social welfare policies--but that's not all. This thought-provoking book also draws readers into an examination of the values and beliefs that drive our social welfare system. Segal demonstrates how the myriad values of diverse groups in America have influenced current policies, and helps students recognize that analysis takes place through the lens of these often opposing values. Students also learn how these policy insights can be applied to influence the policy-making process. The dual themes of critical thinking and critical evaluation provide the framework of the book, and Segal's inclusion of international perspectives on values around social welfare policies and social programs heightens students' awareness of the global implications of social work around the world.

Elizabeth A. Segal, Arizona State University

Elizabeth A. Segal is a Professor in Arizona State University's School of Social Work. Along with this text, Dr. Segal has multiple publications, including a social welfare policy text and numerous journal articles. She is a co-founder and editor emeritus of the Journal of Poverty. Her areas of research and interest include inequality, social justice and social empathy.
  • The fourth edition includes current EPAS requirements. Helping Hands icons spotlight text coverage of the required Core Competencies and recommended Practice Behaviors detailed by CSWE's new EPAS 2015.
  • This edition includes a full update on the Affordable Care Act, tracing its evolution through the legislative and judicial systems as well as its impact on health care delivery.
  • New policy developments on immigration, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, are discussed.
  • Chapter 4, "Analyzing and Researching Social Welfare Policies," includes a new example that further illustrates the critical theory policy analysis model.
  • The concept of the "submerged state" in relation to government services is presented and explained in Chapter 5, "The Delivery of Social Welfare Services." This concept helps students better understand the extensiveness of government social welfare efforts as well as why people often are unaware of them.
  • Major Supreme Court decisions on immigration, health care, and same-sex marriage are presented and explained.
  • Data on major social welfare programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP are updated.
  • Chapter 7 presents updated poverty data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and Chapter 8 discusses the impact of the Great Recession and the policies passed to address the economic downturn.
  • New concepts such as "procedural justice" and the "multiplier effect" are introduced to broaden students' understanding of the development of social welfare policies and programs.
  • Skills and resources needed to conduct policy analysis are introduced in the early chapters of the book. This helps students to more easily navigate the policy discussions on arenas of critical concern as well as key social welfare policies and programs in the rest of the chapters. Segal also includes guidance for influencing the policy arena.
  • By thoroughly covering such matters as social welfare history, analysis, and practice, Segal offers a comprehensive introduction to social welfare policy that builds a strong foundation for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The book's values perspective emphasizes the importance of values and ethics.
  • Questions in the "What Do You Think?" features provoke students to think critically about how they might apply chapter material to situations they may encounter in the future.
  • "More About" boxes focus additional attention on topics that readers may find especially intriguing or pertinent to their careers.
  • "Consider This" and "Controversial Perspectives" include presentations of differing viewpoints to demonstrate the complexity of social welfare policy and to help students examine personal beliefs.
1. Social Welfare Policy and Underlying Values.
2. Historical Foundations of Social Welfare in America.
3. Conceptual Foundations of Social Welfare Policy.
4. Analyzing and Researching Social Welfare Policies.
5. The Delivery of Social Welfare Services.
6. Social Justice and Civil Rights.
7. Poverty and Economic Inequality.
8. Economics, Employment, Budgets, and Taxes.
9. Social Insurance.
10. Aging and Social Welfare Policy.
11. Children and Families.
12. Health Care Policy.
13. United States Social Welfare Policies and International Comparisons.
14. Policy Practice and the Impact of Social Welfare Policies.

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Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305646063
The Instructor's Manual (IM) contains a variety of resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs. It presents chapter-by-chapter suggestions and resources to enhance and facilitate learning.

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ISBN: 9781305660939
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions--most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.