Responding to Social Problems

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Responding to Social Problems: Social Policy Social policy refers to formal strategies to shape some dimension of social life. - Various organizations and government agencies create policy as a means to address social problems, and sociologists have helped guide the nation’s policy in dealing with a number of social issues. - It is difficult to evaluate particular policies because of the difficulties in determining: 1) what makes a particular program “successful” 2) what are acceptable financial and social costs for the program 3) who should get the help • Efforts to formulate social policy are guided by the political attitudes of leaders and the general public. Political attitudes can lead people to 1) define certain situations as problems in the first place and 2) to define certain kinds of policies or programs as solutions to those problems. The political spectrum is a continuum that represents a range of political attitudes: 1) Conservatives – seek to limit the scope of societal change and preserve the
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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