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SCW 472 R. Johnson: Welcome

Social Welfare Policy


This guide contains resources specifically relating to state and federal legislation & social policy. For multidisciplinary resources or those on other topics, please see the main library web site or other LibGuides.

Subject Guide

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Carin Yavorcik
Subjects:Business, Law

Handout & Survey

Social Policy

Social Policy is:

  • National or state legislation [bills ] that have been passed into law.
  • State Supreme, US Supreme or Federal District Court Decisions
  • Executive Orders issued by the United States President or the Governor of the State

Policy is also used in agencies, organizations and the media to identify the means by which the law is implemented.

Bill - a proposed law that is put before the state legislature or U.S. Congress. It's not policy, but is helpful for understanding context of a future policy.
Hearing - a public meeting in which interested parties can express their opinions/concerns for the proposed legislation.  It's not policy, but is helpful for identifying interested parties/organizations/advocates.
Statute = Law = Act.  These are all terms used for legislation that has passed.  It is policy.
Code - a compiled resource that consolidates and classifies laws, regulations and rules and provides and index by topic and how the legislation is used.  (e.g. CFR - Code of Federal Regulations)

Public Policy is:  (Link to The Public Policy Cycle Web Site)

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