Central Concern Of Social Welfare Policy

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1. What is social policy? Is rational social policy possible? Why or why not? If it were possible, what would be its advantages? Is programmatic effectiveness a central concern of social welfare policy? Can it be? Please briefly illustrate your response in reference to the Child Support Enforcement Program. A simple math problem may be solved when the numbers and numbers alone are the focus; it would be unsuitable to bring our feelings and desires into the equation. This is an example of what social work can never be – logical, mathematical, rational. When humans discuss other human elements of their society, they cannot leave behind feelings and desires, including pressure from other people. We do not live in a society without preferences and politics, and as much as social workers and public servants want to be problem solvers, this is often not the case in the climate in which they operate. We have individual biases and inclinations, and together, the will of the people is neither as diverse nor liberal as we have been led to believe. If we could combat social ills without politics, like the ones we have been grappling with for decades and even centuries now (above all, poverty), and if we could systematically address problems without the question of national will, the results would be astounding. Firstly, social workers would collect data in ways that are methodologically sounds and scientific, as opposed to the weak data upon which they currently rely. Someone
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