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THE FAILED WELFARE REVOLUTION EBOOK

BRIAN STEENSLAND

, 2011
  • Formato: EPUB - DRM
  • Editorial: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Lengua: INGLÉS
  • Año edición: 2011
  • ISBN: 9781400837489

Today the United States has one of the highest poverty rates among the worlds rich industrial democracies. The Failed Welfare Revolution shows us that things might have turned out differently. During the 1960s and 1970s, policymakers in three presidential administrations tried to replace the nations existing welfare system with a revolutionary program to guarantee Americans basic economic security. Surprisingly from todays vantage point, guaranteed income plans received broad bipartisan support in the 1960s. One proposal, President Nixons Family Assistance Plan, nearly passed into law in the 1970s, and President Carter advanced a similar bill a few years later. The failure of these proposals marked the federal governments last direct effort to alleviate poverty among the least advantaged and, ironically, sowed the seeds of conservative welfare reform strategies under President Reagan and beyond.

This episode has largely vanished from Americas collective memory. Here, Brian Steensland tells the whole story for the first time--from why such an unlikely policy idea first developed to the factors that sealed its fate. His account, based on extensive original research in presidential archives, draws on mainstream social science perspectives that emphasize the influence of powerful stakeholder groups and policymaking institutions. But Steensland also shows that some of the most potent obstacles to guaranteed income plans were cultural. Most centrally, by challenging Americans longstanding distinction between the "deserving" and "undeserving" poor, the plans threatened the nations cultural, political, and economic status quo.

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  • Editorial: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Lengua: INGLÉS
  • ISBN: 9781400837489
  • Año edición: 2011
  • Formato: EPUB - DRM Tagus

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Today the United States has one of the highest poverty rates among the worlds rich industrial democracies. The Failed Welfare Revolution shows us that things might have turned out differently. During the 1960s and 1970s, policymakers in three presidential administrations tried to replace the nations existing welfare system with a revolutionary program to guarantee Americans basic economic security. Surprisingly from todays vantage point, guaranteed income plans received broad bipartisan support in the 1960s. One proposal, President Nixons Family Assistance Plan, nearly passed into law in the 1970s, and President Carter advanced a similar bill a few years later. The failure of these proposals marked the federal governments last direct effort to alleviate poverty among the least advantaged and, ironically, sowed the seeds of conservative welfare reform strategies under President Reagan and beyond.

This episode has largely vanished from Americas collective memory. Here, Brian Steensland tells the whole story for the first time--from why such an unlikely policy idea first developed to the factors that sealed its fate. His account, based on extensive original research in presidential archives, draws on mainstream social science perspectives that emphasize the influence of powerful stakeholder groups and policymaking institutions. But Steensland also shows that some of the most potent obstacles to guaranteed income plans were cultural. Most centrally, by challenging Americans longstanding distinction between the "deserving" and "undeserving" poor, the plans threatened the nations cultural, political, and economic status quo.

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