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Divided Welfare State The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States

ISBN-10: 0521013283
ISBN-13: 9780521013284
Edition: 2002
Authors: Jacob S. Hacker
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 466
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

The Divided Welfare State is the first comprehensive political analysis of America's system of public and private social benefits. Everyone knows that the American welfare state is less expensive and extensive, later to develop and slower to grow, than comparable programs abroad. American social spending is as high as spending in many European nations. What is distinctive is that so many social welfare duties are handled by the private sector with government support. With historical reach and statistical and cross-national evidence, The Divided Welfare State demonstrates that private social benefits have not been shaped by public policy, but have deeply influenced the politics of public social programs - to produce a social policy framework whose political and social effects are strikingly different than often assumed. At a time of fierce new debates about social policy, this book is essential to understanding the roots of America's distinctive model and its future possibilities.

Jacob Hacker is professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley, where he heads the Center on Health and Economic Security at the Boalt Law School. A frequent media commentator and author of numerous scholarly and popular articles, he is the author of four books, most recently The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream.Contributors: Jacob Hacker: "Health Insecurity and the Middle Class"; Elizabeth McGlynn and David Meltzer: "Health Quality"; Brandon McKelvey and Jill Quadagno: "The Transformation of American Health Insurance"; Katherine Swartz: "The Uninsured and Underinsured"; Elizabeth Warren: "Medical Bankruptcy"

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
The American Welfare Regime
Introduction: American Exceptionalism Revisited
The Politics of Public and Private Social Benefits
The Politics of Public and Private Pensions
Introduction
Connected at Birth: Public and Private Pensions Before 1945
Sibling Rivalry: Public and Private Pensions After 1945
The Politics of Public and Private Health Insurance
Introduction
Seeds of Exceptionalism: Public and Private Health Insurance Before 1945
The Elusive Cure: Public and Private Health Insurance After 1945
The Formation and Future of the American Welfare Regime
The Formation of the American Welfare Regime
The Future of the American Welfare Regime
Appendix
Notes
Index

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