Who Really Cares The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism - America's Charity Divide - Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters

ISBN-10: 0465008232

ISBN-13: 9780465008230

Edition: 2008

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Description: We all know we should give to charity, but who really does? Approximately three-quarters of Americans give their time and money to various charities, churches, and causes; the other quarter of the population does not. Why has America split into two nations: givers and non-givers? Arthur Brooks, a top scholar of economics and public policy, has spent years researching this trend, and even he was surprised by what he found. In Who Cares, he demonstrates conclusively that conservatives really are compassionate--far more compassionate than their liberal foes. Strong families, church attendance, earned income (as opposed to state-subsidized income), and the belief that individuals, not government, offer the best solution to social ills--all of these factors determine how likely one is to give. Charity matters--not just to the givers and to the recipients, but to the nation as a whole. It is crucial to our prosperity, happiness, health, and our ability to govern ourselves as a free people. In Who Cares, Brooks outlines strategies for expanding the ranks of givers, for the good of all Americans.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to his American Government book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

Foreword
Introduction: Charity and Selfishness in America
Is Compassionate Conservatism an Oxymoron?
Faith and Charity
Other People's Money
Income, Welfare, and Charity
Charity Begins at Home
Continental Drift
Charity Makes You Healthy, Happy, and Rich
The Way Forward
The Data on Charity and Selfishness
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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