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American Social Welfare Policy

Dynamics Of Formulation And Change, 1st Edition

By David Rochefort


218 pages

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Social welfare activities stand at the heart of the modern democratic state as they absorb ever-increasing budget allocations and stimulate debate over the proper role of government. This study analyzes the development of social welfare policy in modern America, beginning with a critical assessment of the dominant “progressive†and “social control

Table of Contents

Westview Special Studies -- Introduction -- Theoretical Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy -- Origins of the “Third Psychiatric Revolution”: The Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963 -- Public Policies for a Graying America: Medicare, the Older Americans Act, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income -- Responding to the New Dependency: The Family Assistance Plan of 1969 -- Toward a Theory of Policy Change -- Postscript: Reagan’s Social Welfare Policies

About the Author

David A. Rochefort is assistant professor in the political science department at Northeastern University. He teaches courses in public policy and research methods to undergraduates and students in the Master of Public Administration program. He has also worked as a health planning specialist and policy consultant for government agencies in the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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