Welfare State Nobody Knows Debunking Myths about U. S. Social Policy

ISBN-10: 0691138338

ISBN-13: 9780691138336

Edition: 2008

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The Welfare State Nobody Knowschallenges a number of myths and half-truths about U.S. social policy. The American welfare state is supposed to be a pale imitation of "true" welfare states in Europe and Canada. Christopher Howard argues that the American welfare state is in fact larger, more popular, and more dynamic than commonly believed. Nevertheless, poverty and inequality remain high, and this book helps explain why so much effort accomplishes so little. One important reason is that the United States is adept at creating social programs that benefit the middle and upper-middle classes, but less successful in creating programs for those who need the most help. This book is unusually broad in scope, analyzing the politics of social programs that are well known (such as Social Security and welfare) and less well known but still important (such as workers' compensation, home mortgage interest deduction, and the Americans with Disabilities Act). Although it emphasizes developments in recent decades, the book ranges across the entire twentieth century to identify patterns of policymaking. Methodologically, it weaves together quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to answer fundamental questions about the politics of U.S. social policy. Ambitious and timely,The Welfare State Nobody Knowsasks us to rethink the influence of political parties, interest groups, public opinion, federalism, policy design, and race on the American welfare state.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Boxes, Figures, and Tables
Acknowledgments
Acronyms
Introduction
Basic Tour
She's So Unusual
Tracks of My Tiers
Twice in a Lifetime
New Horizons
Ogres, Onions, and Layers (or, How Republicans Built the American Welfare State)
Programs for the Poor Are Not Always Poor Programs
Shaq Is Still Pretty Tall: Public Support for the American Welfare State
The World According to AARP
Checkpoints and Roadblocks
The American States: Laboratories of Democracy or Cryogenic Chambers?
Race Still Matters
Change versus Progress
Notes
Index
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