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.

Governments, Welfare, and Social Change

9 Governments, welfare, and social change

As noted in the last chapter, the massive expansion of state welfare in the middle decades of the twentieth century was historically unprecedented. This expansion was most pronounced in the Western countries, but government social welfare programs also grew rapidly in the communist countries and in the newly independent nations of the Global South. The growth of government welfare was also accompanied by widespread public support and the endorsement of different political parties. At the time, many social policy writers believed that the emergence of the welfare state marked the culmination of a historic process of progressive change that had significantly ameliorated the conditions of poverty and deprivation that previously characterized many Western countries. ...

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