The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy
In praise of The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy...
"An excellent work...It conceptualizes the evolution of policy in a manner that is most useful in helping social work students understand how social welfare policy is formulated in the U.S."
Charles E. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Howard University
"A very readable and comprehensive book that brings a refreshingly new approach to the field by stressing the ever-changing nature of social welfare policy and the need for students to understand the way social policy is shaped by history, ideology, economics, politics, and social movements. This excellent book offers important and challenging insights and deserves to be widely read."
James Midgley, Harry & Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
"A lucid and thoughtful presentation of the dynamic aspects of social welfare policy for students of social work and related human servicesunique and proactive."
Paula Allen-Meares, The Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Education, and Dean, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
"This text brings to life the texture and pulse of decisions and processes that help determine who will eat steadily, find quality shelter, stay employed, afford transportation, secure child care, and enjoy a livable income. It will serve graduate and undergraduate students for years to come."
Barbara Levy Simon, Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia University
"A welcome departure from most social policy texts that prepares students to analyze social issues and to construct strategies for changing crucial social welfare policies...a novel and effective approach."
Josefina Figueira-McDonough, Professor Emerita, Justice Studies and Social Work, Arizona State University
"Blau and Abramovitz have given us the great gift of their many combined years of professional experience and advocacy for the poor. You don't have to be a social work student to profit from their clarity and insights; I, for one, will be referring to this book for years to come."
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On(Not)Getting By in America
"An accessible, readable, and stimulating approach to social welfare policy that will inform, challenge, and motivate both undergraduate and graduate students. New and exciting, this well-researched and organized text will help students master the intricacies of social welfare policy and became policy-sensitive practitioners."
Irwin Nesoff, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Social Work Department, Kean University
"Blau and Abramovitz offer persuasive answers to social work students' longstanding questions about the relevance of social policy to practice. They identify the triggers of social change and make explicit how the resulting policies both advance and constrain practice. The authors also pay significant attention to race, class, and gender. Many undergraduate programs use different texts for their "intro" and "analysis" courses, but the comprehensive content of this text usefully spans both."
Barbara Kasper, Associate Professor of Social Work, BSW Program, SUNY at Brockport
"An outstanding addition to the policy literature available to those who teach in social work education."
NASW Poverty & Social Justice Section Connection