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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.

Social Change and the Future of State Welfare
Social change and the future of state welfare

The decades following World War II were viewed by many social policy writers of the time as a period of consolidation and even fulfillment in the expansion of state social welfare. The adoption of comprehensive social provisions by governments in the industrial nations, the commitment by communist regimes to meeting the needs of their citizens, and the incremental expansion of state social provisions in the developing countries all pointed to the acceptance of state social welfare. During the 1950s and 1960s, many believed that government social welfare programs were here to stay. Many regarded state intervention as an integral and desirable feature of modern society. It was widely believed that ...

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