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Understanding the Social Security ActThe Foundation of Social Welfare for America in the Twenty-First Century$
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Andrew Dobelstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366891

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366891.001.0001

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The Social Security Act in Perspective

The Social Security Act in Perspective

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(p.13) 1 The Social Security Act in Perspective
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Understanding the Social Security Act
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Andrew W. Dobelstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366891.003.0001

This chapter provides a broad overview of the social welfare programs authorized by the Social Security Act, both when it was created in 1935 and as they exist in 2009. A timeline shows how the Social Security Act has developed into the form in which we know it today, with twenty-one Titles, or parts, generating more than fifty of the nation's most significant social programs. The chapter distinguishes between the Act's social policy construction and the specific programs created from the policy — a distinction applied to all the Act's specific programs, discussed in subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Social Security Act, social welfare programs, social policy construction, social welfare

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