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Soc 417 9-20-16 and 9-22-16

by: Sydney Anderson

Soc 417 9-20-16 and 9-22-16 SW 417

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Dr. Boyas
Social Welfare Policy II
Boyas, Javier Francisco
Class Notes
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Date Created: 09/25/16
9­20­16    Devolution  ● Began in earnest during Reagan administration  ● Block grants (states choose how to use the social welfare money)  ○ States sometimes used surplus to fill in gaps in other area’s policies (that weren’t  social welfare)  ● Increased state authority  ○ Variation among states in benefits/ services provided challenges in distributive  justice  ● Decreased federal government spending  ○ Increased pressure on states, especially in times of recession  Privatization [background is in slideshow]  ● Allocating funds to private for­profit of non­profit entities that provide social welfare  benefits/services  ● Less government spending for social welfare  ○ Changed social contract  ● Private entities lack the resources to fully address social problems  ● Ignores need for structural reform  ● Vouchers (for private school)  ● Contractual relationship between public and private sectors  ● Savings could be used to lower taxes and extend existing programs (so they say)  ● Ownership/management of social services by private sector  ● Techniques for privatization [in slideshow]  Issues with privatization  ● Commercialization: subjects human needs to economic marketplace  ● Preferential selection: choosing clients based on market principles vs client needs;  discriminatory practices (ex. Hospital not accepting children, the elderly, or people with  chronic conditions)  ● Cost effectiveness: government is in weak position to control prices charged for services  ● Standardization: offering lowest quality product/service to generate surplus for investors  and providers  ○ Poor people get substandard services  ○ Offering the most people services, with not the best quality services  ● Oligopolization (like a monopoly)  ○ Small number of organizations control a market  ○ Reduce competition by buying competitors  ○ A small number of organizations have power to shape social policy  ○ 3 waves of acquisition in corporate sector  i. Long­term care  ii. Hospital management  iii. Health maintenance organizations  ● Left­leaning believe that it’s the government’s responsibility to provide social services  ● Since public social programs are under violation, there’s more government reliance on  private sector    9­22­16    Social policy is influenced by: [check slides because we skipped things]  ● Economic context: production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and resources  ● Political context: pursuit and exercise of power in public affairs  ● Competition and conflict in economic and political processes  ● These factors shape whether social policy promotes social justice or increases economic  insecurity and inequality for the needy  Approaches to social welfare [on test!]  ● Institutional approach: government ensures basic needs are met  ○ Taxes are collected for education, housing, food, health, etc.  ○ Universal programs to be more inclusive  ○ Horizontal equality  ● Residual approach: Government should interfere only when family, religious institutions,  and marketplace can’t meet needs  ● Help only for very needy in dire situations  ● Vertical equality  Industrialization­Welfare Hypothesis  ● Breakdown of family from industrialization requires govt assistance  Maintenance of capitalism hypothesis  ● Power elite make up and control policies to keep their power and wealth   


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