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May 4, 1957

California Social Welfare: Legislation, Financing, Services, Statistics

JAMA. 1957;164(1):112. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010114030

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The purpose of the book is to provide the citizen, social worker, and specialist in social studies with comprehensive statistical data on California's social welfare programs, their legislation, financing, and services. Although the presentation of information on a county basis is a primary objective of the work, the functions of larger political and economic units are not overlooked. The first two chapters (part 1) deal with the state and federal setting as well as with California's 10 economic regions. Legislation, covered in part 2, is basic to the various programs. Its complexity is a feature emphasized by the many amendments to California's laws. Usually the most important parts of the laws are quoted verbatim; yet, despite frequent mention of the 25th amendment to the California constitution, no quotation or concise paraphrase of its provisions is given.

Part 3, on financing, will interest both students and taxpayers. The relative growth and

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