shaping the policy

Policy Analysis

Objective: To demonstrate beginning competence in social welfare policy analysis.

Do you see a policy consistently causing difficulty for your clients and their families? Is a policy oppressive to a specific population or community? Analyzing such a policy will give you a framework from which to develop a relevant advocacy campaign to educate, empower, and initiate change.

In this first of two assignments, you will select a currently enacted state or national social welfare policy and write a critical analysis of the policy utilizing the Blau and Abramovitz (2014) policy analysis framework and Gabel (2014) rights-based approach to social policy analysis. Your analysis should include the five key forces identified in the text as shaping social welfare policy: history, economy, politics, ideology, and social movements, as well as human right principles: participation, accountability, nondiscrimination, and equality. The conclusion will summarize strengths and weaknesses of the policy, and offer possible recommendations for policy modification or support for a new bill to fill gaps. (4-5 double-spaced pages in APA style)

Due Week 10

The Policy Analysis paper should address the following:

· Identification of social issue/problem and social welfare policy (1 page)

· Identify and briefly describe a social issue/problem and a state or national social welfare policy designed to address it. Briefly define the policy.

· Identify rights violated or compromised by the social issue, using:

· International human rights laws and treaties

· National/state constitutions, laws, and regulations

· Contextualization of social issue/problem and policy

· Identify the stakeholders, rights-holders, and duty-bearers and their roles.

· Who benefits from the policy as it exists? Who loses?

· Analysis of key forces shaping the policy (using Blau & Abramovitz, 2014) (1-2 pages)

· History –

· What is the history of the social problem in the state or US? When and why did it come into the public’s spotlight? Were there any initiatives/policies/programs or parts of such in the past that tried to address this issue? Any key state/US advocates who pushed this issue into the limelight?