Shifts in social welfare policy.
Gilbert's significant book is robust in describing specific alterations taking place in many countries but is less clear about why this is happening so broadly now. Two recent books that speak more to the why of current changes in the social welfare policy arena are David Harvey's A Brief History of Neoliberalism and Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol's Inequality and American Democracy: What We Know and What We Need to Learn.
Social welfare policy processes are distorted in most countries now through destructive political and economic policies that are mutually reinforcing. Ordinary people are in great danger of losing more social and public supports. What happens in social welfare policy is rooted in politics and economics. Understanding the connections between political and economic inequality explains a lot about current social welfare policy shifts. Social work needs much more exposure to contemporary works on politics and economics.
David J. Dempsey
Silver Spring, MD
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|Author:||Dempsey, David J.|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2006|
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