Now featuring a full-color design, the best-selling text for policy analysis provides students with a comprehensive overview of social welfare policy in the United States while examining cutting-edge issues.Thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the impact of dramatic changes in social welfare policy, the Fifth Edition continues to focus on how the major sectors of social welfare policy--the voluntary, governmental, and corporate sectors--operate and co-exist (the "pluralist approach"), while also offering a clear, user-friendly framework for policy analysis.Highlights of the Fifth Edition: NEW chapter on Religion and Social Policy examines the past and present relationship between religion and the creation and the implementation of social policy. Chapter 4, "Discrimination in American Society," includes coverage of the minority middle class, a comprehensive examination of gay and lesbian marriage, and an updated section on immigration policies since September 11, 2001. Chapter 5, "Poverty in America," includes a detailed section on the fringe economy, its impact on poverty, and a new section on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and the digital divide. Chapter 8, "The Making of Governmental Policy," provides updates on special interests, lobbyists, and their influence on the 2004 election. Chapter 9, "Tax Policy and Income Distribution," examines the impact of the Bush tax cuts on social welfare policy. Chapter 11, "Public Assistance Programs," includes updated information on public assistance programs, including an evaluation of the effects of welfare reform legislation and new changes to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Chapter 16, "Housing Policies" includes new material on obstacles to homeownership, such as predatory home mortgages, increases in housing prices, and racial and class discrimination in home purchases. A newly revised companion website with practice tests, flashcards, web links, and more! www.ablongman.com/karger5e . Donrs"t Miss These Exciting Value-Added Options!Themes of the Times for Social Welfare Policy This collection of recent articles from theNew York Timeswill give insight into current issues and debates, highlighting interesting research, and show some of the practical applications of studying social welfare policy. Themes of the Times for Social Welfare Policy is availableFREEwhen packaged with this text:0-205-46204-9.Controversial Issues in Social Policy, 2/e, Karger, et al. This text is an edited collection of contemporary social policy debates conducted between some of the foremost thinkers in the field of social work, as well as prominent authors in other fields. Jargon-free debates make the text easily accessible and interesting for students. The text stresses the importance of critical and independent thought in the educational process.Controversial Issues in Social Policyis availableFREEwhen packaged with this text:0-205-47167-6.David Stoesz is the author of 'American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach (5th Edition)', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205401826 and ISBN 0205401821.