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Informative read, but very dry

By likeaphoenix on March 13, 2014

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase

This book provided alot of information which I did not know beforehand, but sitting down and reading it was truly a chore. The material is so long with little pause that you can fall asleep while reading it. It is not something I would read during my spare time. I only recommend reading this book only if you need to use this information for a paper or exam.

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Outstanding introduction to social welfare policy

By JB on March 23, 2013

Format: Hardcover

This book is comprehensive and extremely readable for a social policy "newbie". While the topic can seem intimidating to clinically-focused social workers, Blau presents the material in a engaging and simple way that can convert anyone into a policy enthusiast. I highly recommend.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful

College text book

By Book Cookie on July 29, 2008

Format: Hardcover

This book is for a Masters program in Social Work. The class is Social Welfare. This book gives a good historical overview of social welfare policy in the United States. Good reference material for anyone interested in social welfare policy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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"I really appreciate this text because it facilitates understanding of the many factors that often complicate social policy in real life experiences. It gives students the tools for questioning and challenging our social welfare practices and approaches as we encounter changing social conditions. Students love it because they are able to recognize key aspects of the policy framework in their personal stories and in the fabric of every day life."--CarolAnn Dan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author


Joel Blau, DSW, is Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University.

Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, is Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Hunter College School of Social Work and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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