Diana DiNitto is Cullen Trust Centennial Professor of Alcohol Studies and Education and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches courses in social welfare policy, alcohol and drug problems, research, and pedagogy. She has a MSW degree and a Ph.D. in government from Florida State University. She has worked in a detoxification center, halfway house, and outpatient chemical dependency treatment program. She is also coauthor of Chemical Dependency: A Systems Approach, 4th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, Fall 2011) and Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession, 3rd ed. (Lyceum Books, 2008). Her research in on substance abuse, violence against women, and social welfare policy. Dr. DiNitto has served on the boards of the Council and Social Work Education, the Association of Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse, and the Texas Research Society on Alcoholism. She currently chairs the NASW Press Book Committee. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Sydney (Australia). Recently she gave the Robert J. O’Leary Memorial Lecture at Ohio State University entitled “Ending America’s Ambivalence in the War on Drugs” and presented invited testimony on drug policy to the United States Sentencing Commission.
All chapters conclude with “Summary,” “End Notes,” Websites, and suggestions for Class Discussion and Activities.
Introduction: Politics, Rationalism, and Social Welfare Policy
Instructors have asked for a shorter introductory chapter.
Chapter 1. Politics and the Policymaking Process.
Chapter 2. Analyzing, Implementing, and Evaluating Social Welfare Policy
Chapter 3: Politics and the History of Social Welfare Policy
Chapter 4. Ending Poverty: Is It An Issue Anymore?
Chapter 5: Preventing Poverty: Social Insurance and Personal Responsibility
6. Disability Policy: From Public Assistance to Civil Rights
7. Helping Needy Families: Ending Welfare as We Knew It
8. Financing Health Care: Can All Americans Be Insured?
9. Preventing Poverty Through Education and Employment
10. Providing Social Services: Help for Children, Older Americans, and Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
11. The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Social Policy, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
12. The Challenges of a Diverse Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration