Empowerment Series: The Reluctant Welfare State,
9th Edition

Bruce S. Jansson

ISBN-13: 9781337565639
Copyright 2019 | Published
624 pages | List Price: USD $173.95
ISBN: 9781337565639

Social welfare programs often get blamed for the nation's budget woes. Is that fair? Gain insight into our "reluctant" social welfare system from a top scholar on the subject. Bruce Jansson analyzes the evolution of the American welfare state from colonial times to the present--placing social policy in its political, cultural and societal context. Rather than passively reading, you'll interact with the issues, oppressed populations, ethical choices, social and ideological conflicts, advocates and policies in preceding eras and in the contemporary period. You'll see how vulnerable populations and social reformers have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy. THE RELUCTANT WELFARE STATE also helps you develop the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


1. The Symbiotic and Uneasy Relationship: Clients, Social Workers, and the Welfare State.
2. Making the American Welfare State More Humane--Past, Present, and Future.
3. Fashioning a New Society in the Wilderness.
4. Social Welfare Policy in the 19th Century: 1789–1902.
5. Social Reform in the Progressive Era.
6. Social Policy to Address the Worst Economic Catastrophe in U.S. History.
7. The Era of Federal Social Services: The New Frontier and the Great Society.
8. The Paradoxical Era: 1968–1980.
9. The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and Bush, Sr.
10. Reluctance Illustrated: Policy Uncertainty During the Clinton Administration.
11. George W. Bush's Quest for Realignment.
12. Would President Barack Obama Reverse the Cycle of History?
13. President Donald Trump: Populist or Conservative?

  • Bruce S. Jansson

    Bruce S. Jansson (M.A., University of Chicago and Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Driscoll/Clevenger Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Pennsylvania and Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing mezzo, micro and macro policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. Dr. Jansson invented the term "policy practice," which has become a required content area by the Council on Social Work Education. He recently developed the first multi-level policy advocacy framework that discusses policy advocacy at micro, mezzo and macro levels. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Jansson has written two books for Cengage: BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE POLICY ADVOCATE, now in its ninth edition, and THE RELUCTANT WELFARE STATE (9th Edition). Additional books include THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001), IMPROVING HEALTHCARE THROUGH ADVOCACY and SOCIAL WELFARE SECTORS AND ADVOCACY. He has authored four research articles that develop measurement scales to measure the extent health professionals engage in patient and policy advocacy, as well as predictors of their levels of engagement, and is currently working on a book on inequality.

  • Each chapter is updated to reflect the 2015 EPAS.

  • A new closing chapter analyzes the 2016 election campaign and the early presidency of Donald J. Trump.

  • Chapter 2, "Making the American Welfare State More Humane--Past, Present, and Future," contains additional information on micro, mezzo and macro policy advocacy.

  • The book integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Icons identify this coverage.

  • "Learning Outcomes" sections at the end of every chapter present bulleted items that review chapter content relevant to the 2015 EPAS Competencies and Practice Behaviors. They're followed by "Competency Notes" that list the specific policies and standards addressed in the chapter along with the page numbers on which the material appears.

  • The author offers analyses of policy innovations in specific historical eras that could be revived or expanded in the contemporary period. He also offers analyses of policy failures in specific historical eras, raising students' awareness of ill-considered policies in contemporary society.

  • The text discusses several dimensions that make the American welfare state more "reluctant" than most European states, and identifies multiple factors that have contributed to this reluctance.

  • The text explicitly links historical events to contemporary issues and policies, and uses historical materials to motivate students to become policy advocates in contemporary society.

  • The author links social welfare policy to an empowerment perspective, showing how vulnerable populations, as well as social reformers, have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy.

  • Brief inserts in each chapter summarize key issues and policies and ask students to critically reflect on the issues and/or their professional role. Some "Critical Analysis" inserts direct students to websites where they will find more information about specific topics. Other inserts help students make ethical decisions.

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