Social Welfare: The American Partnership

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This comprehensive social policy text examines the history of social welfare, the current programs and issues, and the contributions of the three major sectors of social welfare (government, business, nonprofit), while addressing an underlying key question—what can we do about today's social issues? It provides a comprehensive, systems approach to the contributions of government, business and non-profits to social welfare promotes a better understanding of the “person-in-environment” perspective while preparing students for employment in all three sectors of society. The text is organized using a chronological, user-friendly framework that looks at historical background, then current programs and issues, and finally methods for future advocacy.

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Social Welfare: The American Partnership
Jerry D. Marx, University of New Hampshire

This comprehensive social policy text examines the history of social welfare, the current programs and issues, and the contributions of the three major sectors of social welfare (government, business, nonprofit), while addressing an underlying key question—what can we do about today's social issues? The text is organized using a chronological, user-friendly framework that looks at historical background, then current programs and issues, and finally methods for future advocacy.

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  • Offers students a tangible step-by-step process for policy analysis and advocacy, emphasizing basic research and analysis methods used in policy development—this helps students to develop concrete policy practice skills.
  • “Did you know” boxes throughout the text offer students interesting/amusing pieces of historical information that increase students' interest in the topic of social welfare.
  • Boxed material provides extra cases, illustrations, and ethical questions regarding timely issues such as social justice, diversity, empowerment, and self-determination.
  • Personal profiles of diverse and interesting historical figures show not only the person's contribution to social welfare but also the personal challenges (depression, racism, etc.) overcome in the process.
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