Beyond Entitlement

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The main problem with the welfare state, Mead asserts, is its permissiveness, not its size. Too much emphasis is given to ``taking'' (entitlements) and not enough to ``giving'' (social obligations). The challenge to welfare statesmanship, he argues, is not so much either to cut back, the conservative solution, or to increase entitlements, the liberal remedy, as to make them conditional on the willingness of beneficiaries to work. This, he says, is a necessary condition for society's acceptance of the poor into the mainstream. Welfare programs with compulsory work requirements are few so far, but public attitudes and government policies are turning around. Mead's timely and closely reasoned analysis makes a strong intellectual and moral case for a more authoritative welfare policy. Recommended. Harry Frumerman, formerly with Economics Dept., Hunter Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743224956
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. The Problem of Obligation in Social Policy 1
2. Functioning: The New Shape of the Social Problem 18
3. Functioning Ignored: Permissive Programs 46
4. Why Work Must Be Enforced 69
5. The Work Issue Defeats Welfare Reform 91
6. Federal Work Tests: Weakness and Potential 120
7. Welfare Work: A Closer Look 148
8. Why Washington Has Not Set Standards 169
9. Attitudes Against Obligation 189
10. The Civic Conception 218
11. The Common Obligations 241
Congressional Materials and Abbreviations 259
Notes 264
Index 309
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