Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World
- Shannon R. Lane - Yeshiva University, New York, USA
- Elizabeth S. Palley - Adelphi University
- Corey S. Shdaimah - University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
Social Policy (General)
Recipient of a 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA)
Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World is an approachable and student-friendly text that links policy and practice and employs a critical analytic lens to U.S. social welfare policy. With particular attention to disparities based on class, race/ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and gender, authors Shannon R. Lane, Elizabeth S. Palley, and Corey S. Shdaimah assess the impact of policies at the micro, meso, and macro levels. The authors provide students with a brief foundation in history, the policy process, and theory, while primarily focusing on helping students recognize the many ways that policy affects their lives and the lives of their clients and communities. Connecting description, theoretical analysis, and advocacy, this new text challenges readers to examine the development, consequences, and future implications of core policies. Students will come away with a newfound understanding of how to use the political process to address social justice issues and enact meaningful policy change.
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“I want to use Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World in my social policy courses as soon as possible! The authors do not artificially compartmentalize issues, such as housing instability, that are in practice deeply intertwined with issues like poverty, child welfare, and addiction. At the same time, they do not leave the reader in a sea of facts and figures. Instead, they offer vignettes and activities that demonstrate practical ways students can use their knowledge to affect change.”
“The vignettes that start each chapter make the topics come alive. I also liked that each chapter ended with advocacy opportunities. This text connects practice with policy very effectively.”
I liked the book. Very readable, goodinformation, very up to date.
i really like the Teacher's support, especially the videos.
The textbook is comprehensive in the coverage of multiple eras and types of policy.
book is used by the university for the second policy class
A more current and up to date textbook was needed and after reviewing this book, we decided this a good fit to assist students with understanding social welfare policy in everyday life.
We wanted to try a new book this semester.
Excellent resource to include in syllabus under suggested text. Also, might use referenced information from the text.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 2. How Policy is Created and Influenced
Chapter 5. Child Welfare Policy