A national survey of required readings in social welfare policy courses indicates that a liberal, pro-welfare state ideology is predominant. Such an ideology rests on the concepts of modernization and industrialization within a structural-functionalist methodology. This predominant model of social welfare policy suggests the inevitability of the welfare state while effectively excluding serious consideration of both conservative and socialist alternatives.
"Ideology in Social Welfare Policy Instruction: An Examination of Required Readings,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 10
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol10/iss3/3