What Government Can Do Dealing with Poverty and Inequality

ISBN-10: 0226644820

ISBN-13: 9780226644820

Edition: 2002

Authors: Benjamin I. Page, James R. Simmons

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Can governments do anything right? This work argues that federal, state, and local governments can and should do a great deal. It analyses government programmes that affect Americans' food, housing, health care, education, incomes and taxes.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Inequality Express
Inept or Impotent Government?
What Can Be DonePlan of the Book
Poverty and Inequality in the United States
Economic Growth, Markets, and Americans' Incomes
Poverty in the United States
Income Inequality in America
What Should Government Do?
Theories of Government Functions
Approaches to Poverty and Inequality
Political and Economic Obstacles
Overcoming the Obstacles
Social Insurance
Old Age and Survivors Insurance (Social Security)
Disability Insurance
Unemployment Insurance
Medical Insurance
The Politics of Social Insurance
Improving Social Insurance
Fair Taxes
The Idea of Progressivity
Federal Taxes
State and Local Taxes
Taxes and Inequality
Tax Politics
Investing in Education
Who Should Provide Education?
Children and Equal Opportunity
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Training for Work
Higher Education
The Politics of Education
Improving Education
Jobs and Good Wages
Managing the Economy
Jobs and Spending on Public Goods
Job Training and Placement
Creating Jobs
Raising Wages
International Economic Policy
Job Politics
Improving Employment and Wages
"Safety Nets" and Basic NeedsCircus Imagery versus Economic Rights
Food
Housing
Medical Care
Income Maintenance
Politics: The War against the Poor
The Right to Basic Necessities
Conclusion
Programs That Work
What Remains to Be Done
Overcoming Political and Economic Obstacles
Government for the People
Notes
References
Index
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