This book analyzes the development of social welfare policy in modern America and provides a critical assessment of the dominant "progressive" and "social control" theoretical perspectives. It focuses on the link between changing social attitudes and beliefs and the content of public policy.
Introduction 1. Theoretical Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy 2. Origins of the "Third Psychiatric Revolution": The Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963 3. Public Policies for a Graying America: Medicare, the Older Americans Act, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income 4. Responding to the New Dependency: The Family Assistance Plan of 1969 5. Toward a Theory of Policy Change