KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

Welfare, Markets, and Commercial Provision

7 Welfare, markets, and commercial provision

It is only recently that commercial firms providing social services on a for-profit basis have begun to play a significant role in social welfare. Although people have for centuries purchased services of various kinds to enhance their wellbeing, these transactions took place within the traditional culture where reciprocal obligations rather than the profit motive characterized economic exchanges. They were accompanied by family and community social supports, and in time, by the services of nonprofits and government agencies. During the twentieth century, government welfare services expanded rapidly, and because it was widely accepted that the state should be responsible for the wellbeing of its citizens, the role of markets in social welfare declined. However, as ...

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