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The Policy Based Profession: An Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis for Social Workers

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ISBN13:

9780205317394

ISBN10:
0205317391
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
11/1/2000
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

This social welfare policy text, written specifically for social work, shows students the crucial connection between social policy and the everyday practice of social work. The text provides students with a process for analyzing policies that will help them as they enter the profession. It offers a detailed foundation for policy analysis, including chapters on historical policy analysis, social/economic analysis, and political analysis. The text includes chapters on social policy as it affects most of the major areas of social work practice: poverty, aging, mental health, and child welfare. This edition brings students up-to-date on the latest developments in welfare reform, managed care, the campaign to restructure Social Security, and the use of family preservation as an approach to child protection.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
PART I Social Welfare Policy and Social Work Profession 1(36)
The Policy-Based Profession
3(20)
The Target of Social Work--The individual and Society
6(3)
The social Function of Social Work
7(1)
The Dual Targets of Social Work
7(1)
The Dominance of Micropractice
8(1)
Social Work's Pursuit of Professional Status
9(4)
The Policy-Based Profession
13(4)
Expert Technique
16(1)
Summary and Practice Implications
17(4)
Policy Determines the Major Goals of Service
19(1)
Policy Determines Characteristics of clientele
19(1)
Policy Determines Who Will Get Services
19(1)
Policy Specifies, or Restricts, Certain Options for Clients
20(1)
Policy Determines the Theoretical Focus of Services
20(1)
Conclusion
21(1)
Notes
21(2)
Defining social Welfare Policy
23(14)
Social Welfare Policy--Basic Definition
25(1)
Factors Complicating the Definition of Social Welfare Policy
26(7)
Social Welfare Policy and Social Policy
26(1)
Social Welfare Policy as an Academic Discipline and a Social Work Curriculum Area
27(2)
Social Workers Are Interested in Social Welfare Policy in All Sectors of the Economy
29(2)
The Multiple Levels of Social Welfare Policy
31(2)
Social Welfare Policy--A Working Definition
33(1)
Notes
34(3)
PART II Social Welfare Policy Analysis 37(100)
Policy Analysis Outline
37(4)
Social Welfare Policy Analysis: Basic Concepts
41(24)
The Many Meanings of Policy Analysis
42(3)
Methods of Policy Analysis
45(15)
Descriptive Analysis
46(8)
Process Analysis
54(1)
Evaluation
55(4)
Policy Analysis Methods as Ideal Types
59(1)
Policy Analysis as Science, Art, and Politics
60(2)
Conclusion
62(1)
Notes
62(3)
Policy Analysis from a Historical Perspective
65(22)
Historical Context of Social Welfare Policies
66(9)
The Role of History in Understanding Policy
68(1)
Examples of Policy History
69(5)
Historical Analysis of Agency Policy
74(1)
Methods of Policy History
75(7)
The Benton Park Crisis Center
82(2)
Notes
84(3)
Social/Economic Analysis
87(24)
Delineation of the Policy under Analysis
89(1)
Social Problem Analysis
90(2)
Facts Related to the Problem
92(1)
Completeness of Knowledge Related to the Problem
92(1)
Population Affected by the Problem
93(1)
Theory of Human Behavior Undergirding the Policy
93(1)
Social Values Related to the Problem
94(7)
Achievement and Success
95(1)
Activity and Work
95(1)
Moral Orientation
96(1)
Humanitarian Mores
96(1)
Efficiency and Practicality
96(1)
Progress
97(1)
Material Comfort
97(1)
Equality
97(1)
Freedom
98(1)
External Conformity
98(1)
Science and Secular Rationality
99(1)
Nationalism-Patriotism
99(1)
Democracy
99(1)
Individual Personality
100(1)
Racism, Sexism, and Related Group Superiority Themes
100(1)
Contradictions in the U.S. Value System
101(1)
Goals of the Policy under Analysis
101(3)
Hypotheses Underlying the Policy
104(1)
Economic Analysis
105(3)
Macroeconomic Analysis
105(1)
Opportunity Cost
106(1)
Effects on Individual Consumer Behavior
107(1)
Conclusion
108(1)
Notes
109(2)
Politics and Social Welfare Policy
111(26)
The Politics of Policy Making
117(2)
Models of Policy Making
119(13)
Who Makes Policy?
119(2)
How Are Policies Made?
121(3)
Phases in the Policy Process
124(8)
Conclusion
132(1)
Notes
133(4)
PART III The Framework Applied 137(198)
Welfare Reform: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
143(38)
Historical Analysis
146(7)
Recent Welfare Reform Efforts
151(2)
Social Analysis
153(12)
Problem Description
154(1)
Population
154(7)
Relevant Research
161(2)
Values and Welfare Reform
163(2)
Economic Analysis
165(5)
Macroeconomic Issues
105(63)
Microeconomic Analysis
168(2)
Evaluation
170(4)
Is TANF Succeeding?
173(1)
Conclusion
174(2)
Welfare Is Not the Problem, Poverty Is the Problem
174(2)
Public Assistance Is a Social Condition, Not a Social Problem
176(1)
Selected Web Sites on Welfare Reform
176(1)
Notes
177(4)
Aging: Social Security as an Entitlement
181(30)
The Problem That Social Security Was Developed to Solve
184(1)
The Social Security Act of 1935
184(2)
Historical Development of Social Security Programs in the United States
186(8)
Precedents of the Social Security Act
186(1)
Creation of the Social Security Act
187(5)
Changes in Social Security
192(2)
Contemporary Analysis of Social Security
194(11)
Social Analysis
195(4)
Political Analysis
199(1)
Economic Analysis and Proposals for Reform
200(5)
Conclusion
205(1)
Selected Web Sites on Social Security
206(1)
Notes
207(4)
Mental Health: Managed Care
211(39)
The Problem That Managed Mental Health Care Was Developed to Solve
214(2)
The Costs of Mental Health Care
214(1)
Incidence and Treatment of Mental Health Problems
215(1)
Managed Mental Health Care
216(8)
How does Managed Mental Health Care Work?
218(3)
Managed Care n an Agency Setting
221(2)
Managed Mental Health Care in the Public Sector
223(1)
The History of Managed Care
224(3)
The Economics of Managed Care
227(3)
Social Analysis of Managed Care
230(3)
The Political Context of Managed Care
233(4)
Social Workers and Managed Care
237(3)
Influencing the System
240(2)
Interview with an Advocate
240(2)
Current Proposals for Policy Reform
242(1)
Conclusion
243(1)
Selected Web Sites on Mental Health and Managed Care
243(1)
Notes
244(6)
Substance Abuse Policies
250(27)
The Problem of Substance Abuse
252(4)
The History of substance Abuse Policies
256(7)
Social and Economic Analysis of substance Abuse Policies
263(2)
Political Analysis
265(2)
Analysis of Two Policies: Drug Tests for Welfare Clients and Separation of Treatment for Those Who Are Dually Diagnosed
267(5)
Drug Tests for Welfare Clients
267(3)
Separation of Treatment for Those with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems
270(2)
Conclusion
272(1)
Selected Web Sites on Substance Abuse
273(1)
Notes
273(4)
Child Welfare: Family Preservation Policy
277(38)
Historical Analysis
281(11)
The Child Rescue Movement
282(1)
Social Work Takes Over
283(1)
Child Abuse Becomes the Dominant Theme
284(2)
Foster Care--From solution to Problem
286(5)
The Emergence of family Preservation
291(1)
Social Analysis
292(6)
Problem Description
292(6)
Political Analysis
298(4)
Economic Analysis
302(1)
Policy/Program Evaluation
303(2)
Current proposals for Policy Reform
305(2)
Conclusion
307(2)
Selected Web Sites on Family Preservation
309(1)
Notes
310(5)
Conclusion
315(20)
Lessons from Policy Analysis
316(5)
The Bottom Line Is the Bottom Line
316(1)
Compassion and Protection: Dual Motivations for Social Welfare Policy
317(1)
Ideology Drives Out Data in social Welfare Policy Making
317(1)
Policymakers Are Generally More Sophisticated Than They Appear
318(1)
Our Expectations for Social Welfare Policy Are Unrealistic
319(2)
Taking Action--Policy Practice for Social Workers
321(13)
Program Evaluation
322(4)
Building Coalitions
326(3)
Information Dissemination
329(2)
Lobbying
331(1)
Political Action for Candidate Election
332(1)
Running for Office
333(1)
Notes
334(1)
Appendix A Library Research for Practitioner Policy Analysis 335(32)
Lynn Tobola
Appendix B Historical Policy Analysis Research 367(6)
Index 373


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