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Political Ideologies and Social Welfare

Mimi Abramovitz

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.292

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Political ideologies shape public policy debates as well as the social policy strategies developed to address social problems. The clashes among these long-standing political traditions—conservatism, liberalism, radicalism—reflect fundamental and often irreconcilable differences regarding social, economic, and political life. Ideology also shapes theories of racial and gender inequality. These ideological perspectives and theories are compared for their views on several core issues that underpin social welfare provision, including human nature, need, the general welfare, social problems, and the role of government. The resulting distinctions provide social workers with a framework to more effectively assess contemporary social welfare policies.

Keywords: ideology; social welfare; conservatism; liberalism; radicalism; racial inequality; gender inequality

Article.  8544 words. 

Subjects: Practical Ethics ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Policy and Advocacy ; Poverty ; Social Justice and Human Rights

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