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ERIC Number: EJ839673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
The Structure of Federal Policy: Deciphering the United States Code
Staller, Karen M.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v24 n3-4 p47-63 Dec 2004
CSWE mandates the study of social welfare policy, its history, and its evaluation; thus, assignments that require students to select policy for study are common. Educators provide frameworks for analysis but may not address the prerequisite step of locating policy for study, so students flounder in government documents without the tools to navigate the organizational and retrieval structures. This article provides basic tools for locating federal law and for deciphering the United States Code (USC), which topically organizes and houses "all" federal legislation. It uses the familiar examples of social security, welfare reform, and charitable choice. Familiarizing social workers with the USC provides useful knowledge for various policy projects and a conceptual framework for understanding federal policy, past, and present. (Contains 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security