Building a Real Ownership Society

Building a Real Ownership Society

by J. Larry Brown, Robert Kuttner, Thomas M. Shapiro
     
 

The ideal of an "ownership society" is deeply rooted in the American psyche. Americans have long associated ownership of homes, farms, and businesses with independence, security, and dignity. President Bush recently proposed several initiatives that expand this idea of ownership, promoting policy that will allow Americans to "own" their health plans or "own" a

Overview

The ideal of an "ownership society" is deeply rooted in the American psyche. Americans have long associated ownership of homes, farms, and businesses with independence, security, and dignity. President Bush recently proposed several initiatives that expand this idea of ownership, promoting policy that will allow Americans to "own" their health plans or "own" a piece of their retirement.

Ironically, this push for an ownership society comes at a time when government social investments and protective regulations are being reduced and when a variety of risks are being shifted from institutions onto individuals. In this context, the wrong sort of ownership society actually may make Americans less secure and less independent. Nonetheless, the president has put the ideal of a society of owners front and center in national debate. The authors of Building a Real "Ownership Society" argue that, while we can all agree on that goal, we need a full debate about the means.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870784965
Publisher:
The Century Foundation
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Pages:
37
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

J. Larry Brown is the director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and is a distinguished scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Robert Kuttner is on the faculty of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and is a visiting scholar at its Institute on Assets and Social Policy. He is also coeditor of American Prospect. Thomas M. Shapiro is Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

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