Illusions of Prosperity: America's Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity / Edition 1

Illusions of Prosperity: America's Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity / Edition 1

by Joel Blau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195146069

ISBN-13: 9780195146066

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Faith in the free market—the idea that profit seeking, managed care companies will improve the health care delivery system—has become a hot topic in the public policy debate. But, as Joel Blau demonstrates in this splendid work, so-called "free market" programs have been a dismal failure. Here, he launches a far-reaching assault on the idea that

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Faith in the free market—the idea that profit seeking, managed care companies will improve the health care delivery system—has become a hot topic in the public policy debate. But, as Joel Blau demonstrates in this splendid work, so-called "free market" programs have been a dismal failure. Here, he launches a far-reaching assault on the idea that "the market" knows best. He looks at recent reforms in NAFTA, education, job training, welfare, and much more, showing that the new social policies have made matters worse and calling for a stronger, more caring government to counter the debilitating effects of the market. He also urges the development of the broadest possible political alliances to ensure economic security. Sure to raise controversy, this book turns today's conventional wisdom inside out, making a profound case for the importance of a strong government in a world where markets do not have all the answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195146066
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Turn to the Market1
1The Triumph of the Market3
2Business Moves: Markets, Nations, and Inequality22
3Disposable Workers43
4The Low-Wage, Low-Skill Strategy63
Pt. IIThe Path Upward?79
5Education: Choice, Profit, and Democracy81
6Jobs and Job Training: The Field of Dreams113
7Poverty and Welfare: Market as Cure or Market as Cause?135
Pt. IIIBoth Workers and Citizens: The Route to Economic Security161
8Democracy in the Workplace?163
9The Government: From Client to Customer to Citizen179
10The Next Deal200
Notes223
Index263

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