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James Midgley provides a broad overview of social welfare, outlining key institutions, terminology, historical research, and approaches. He also details reasons for the existence of international social welfare and the challenges that arise from it. The author includes an important section on applied international social welfare that addresses the concerns of practitionersùconcerns that have been neglected in much of the literature in the field. An entire section of the book is devoted to issues of social work practice, social development, the activities of international agencies, and their collaborative efforts. While practical application is an important focus of the book, several chapters deal with key theoretical debates in the field. The author also includes descriptive chapters that provide comprehensive accounts of world social conditions and social welfare institutions. As a textbook on international social welfare, Social Welfare in Global Context is primarily intended for students and practitioners of social work, social administration, and social policy. But it is also relevant for students of sociology, public policy, and economics.

Theories of State Welfare
Theories of state welfare

The expansion of state welfare that has taken place during the past century has attracted a good deal of interest from social scientists. Historians, sociologists, and political scientists all have studied the trend toward increased government involvement in social welfare, and in addition, a specialized interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry known as social policy has emerged to investigate different aspects of government social welfare provision. As was noted in Chapter 1, social policy now exists as a separate academic subject in many universities around the world. It also exists within academic departments of political science, public policy, and social work. Originally, social policy was primarily descriptive, seeking to examine the way the social services operated. It also undertook ...

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