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Welfare As We Knew It: A Political History of the American Welfare State

 
 
 
 
Welfare As We Knew It: A Political History of the American Welfare State
Author: Charles Noble
ISBN 13: 9780195113372
ISBN 10: 195113373
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1997-09-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $67.00
 
 

Compared to other rich Western democracies, the U.S. does less to help its citizens adapt to the uncertainties of life in a market economy. In Welfare As We Knew It, Charles Noble offers a groundbreaking explanation of why America is so different. Drawing on research in comparative politics, history, and sociology, he demonstrates that deeply-rooted political factors, not public opinion, have limited what reformers have been able to accomplish. Rich historical analysis covering the Wilson administration to the present is followed by a provocative look at future U. S. social policy. Reformers who want government to do more, Noble argues, must refocus their activities on political and institutional change, such as campaign finance and labor-law reform, if they hope to succeed. Taut, comprehensive, and accessible, with a much-needed international perspective, this book will change the way we look at U. S. social policy.