Provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of social welfare policy in the United States. This text is part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series. American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, Brief Edition examines social welfare policy in the United States, and includes cutting-edge issues such as information on the 2008 presidential election, the economy, the housing bust, the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and much more. Teaching & Learning Experience *Improve Critical Thinking - Helps students sort out the major institutional actors within social welfare policy. *Engage Students - Offers a user-friendly framework for policy analysis. *Explore Current Issues -Information on Social Welfare Policy; the 2008 Election; Proposition 8; Economic issues. *Apply CSWE Core Competencies - The text integrates the 2008 CSWE EPAS, with critical thinking questions and practice tests to assess student understanding and development of competency. *Support Instructors - An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank (MyTest), BlackBoard Test Item File, and PowerPoint presentations are included in the outstanding supplements package.