Identify of social issue/problem and social welfare policy
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?
Economics — Is this social problem linked with an economic benefit to the oppressors? What is the economic consequence if this social problem is left unaddressed? What financial impact does the policy and its initiatives/programs have on stakeholders/ organizations/community? Does this policy create economic security/stability? How?
Politics – How did government and politicians become involved in the issue? Is this a bipartisan concern and sponsoring of the bill? Talk to democrat/republican thoughts on the issue.
Ideology – What ideology pushed this social problem to the forefront and why? Main ideologies include radical, conservative (economic or social), feminist, and/or liberal.
Social movements – What social movements (however small) helped to create an environment conducive to caring about the problem and actually creating policy on it? It does not need to be a social movement specific to the social problem – think to which social movements came before which set the stage.
Analysis of human rights principles addressed (or not) by the social welfare policy (using Gabel, 2014). (1 page) Participation Accountability Nondiscrimination and Equality
Conclusion and Recommendations: (1 page)
Provide a brief review of identified key strengths and weaknesses of the policy from governmental sources, political institutes, advocacy groups, and/or the peer-reviewed literature.
Summarize what you see as potential short-term impacts on the policy and the social problem given the current US administration.
Develop and discuss recommendations based on your research to resolve the social problem that will further the realization of the human rights principles. Include ideas for policy improvement, new policy creation, support for a current bill in the State Legislature or US Congress designed to strengthen the policy or fill a gap; opposition for a current bill in the State Legislature or US Congress designed to further weaken the policy etc