Strategic Perspectives on Social Policy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080182261, 9781483153131

Strategic Perspectives on Social Policy

1st Edition

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies

Editors: John E. Tropman Milan Dluhy Roger Lind
eBook ISBN: 9781483153131
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 382
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Strategic Perspectives on Social Policy is a collection of readings that provide insights into social policy processes, analysis, and implication. The goal is to locate social policy within a context that suggests the possibility of a wider array of choices for the policymakers. The distinction between social policy and social program is given emphasis. This book has 14 chapters divided into four sections. The first section deals with the relation between politics and policy, with emphasis on the link between social science and social policy as well as on the influence of social values on the direction of policy. The next section illustrates some of the critical skills and technologies that may be used to facilitate the process of making choices and decisions. Topics covered include policy research and analysis; the development and structuring of policy; policy purveyance and implementation; and assessment and evaluation of policy. The chapters that follow explore some of the more important contexts of the ""loci"" of social change, along with the kinds of mechanisms that may be used to make choices operational. This monograph is intended for policymakers and others interested in the policy-making process, as well as for students and teachers in the areas of political science, sociology, social work, public policy, and social planning.

Table of Contents



Part I Policy as Politics

Chapter 1 The Politics of Policy

1. The Boundaries of Social Policy

2. Policy Making is Politics

Chapter 2 Social Science and Social Policy

3. Putting Sociology into Social Policy

4. The Political Science Profession, Political Knowledge and Public Policy

Chapter 3 Societal Values and Social Policy

5. Benign Neglect in the United States

6. Societal Values and Social Policy: Implications for Social Work

Part II Skill Phases in the Policy Process

Chapter 4 Policy Research and Analysis

7. Policy Analysis

8. An Advocate's Process Outline for Policy Analysis: The Case of Welfare Reform

Chapter 5 Policy Development and Structuring

9. Ideas into Programs

10. On Commissionship—Presidential Variety

Chapter 6 Policy Purveyance and Implementation

11. Policy Sciences Perspectives on Implementation Processes

12. Politics and the Implementation of Policy

Chapter 7 Policy Assessment and Evaluation

13. On Comparing Income Maintenance Alternatives

14. The Political Economy of Efficiency: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Systems Analysis, and Program Budgeting

Part III The Loci of Social Chance

Chapter 8 The Individual and the Group

15. Strategies for Social Mobility: A Policy Framework

Chapter 9 The Organization

16. Commitment and Conflict in a Normative Organization

Chapter 10 The Community

17. Rancorous Conflict in Community Politics

Chapter 11 The Society

18. Programs and Poverty: Federal Aid in the Domestic and International Systems

19. Institutional Obstacles to Reallocating Government Expenditures

Part IV Organization and Structure for Policy Tasks

Chapter 12 The Policy Technician

20. What Every Social Worker Should Know about Political Action

21. Drama and Advocacy Planning

Chapter 13 The Policy Organization

22. The Roles of Private Consultants in Urban Governing

Chapter 14 Social Policy and Social Change

23. Policy vs. Program in the 70's

Appendix Suggested Frameworks for the Study of Social Policies and Social Programs

24. A General Framework for Social Policy Analysis

25. Guidelines for Analysis of a Social Welfare Program


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