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The Political Economy of Social Welfare

  • Carroll Gardens Library 396 Clinton St., Brooklyn (map)

Join SBK DSA’s Poli Ed Committee for a presentation and discussion about the role, limits, and possibilities of human services in the U.S., with Joel Blau, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Mr. Blau will address questions such as: what is the function of social welfare? What does it do? What could it do? What should it do? And then we’ll open the floor for a large group discussion. No prior knowledge of social work theory is needed to attend! All are welcome. 

This event will also be a potluck; food will be provided for any participants, but if you’d like to bring a dish, please email

As a professor at Stony Brook, Mr. Blau’s research focused on poverty, homelessness, income inequality, comparative social policy, and the politics/economics of the welfare state. He is the author of numerous articles on these subjects as well as The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States (Oxford University Press, 1992), designated by World Hunger Year as one of the 100 most significant books on homelessness and poverty, Illusions of Prosperity: America's Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity (Oxford University Press, 1999), and a textbook The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy (2014), written with Mimi Abramovitz, now in its fourth edition.

Childcare can be provided; please email one week prior to the event if needed.

This event is ADA accessible.