Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 / Edition 2

Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 / Edition 2

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by Charles Murray
     
 

With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the classic book argues that the ambitious social programs of the Great Society designed to help the poor and disadvantaged often made things worse. See more details below

Overview

With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the classic book argues that the ambitious social programs of the Great Society designed to help the poor and disadvantaged often made things worse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465042333
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
664,536
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1300L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Charles Murray is W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A prominent political scientist and author, he first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which served as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. He is the author of several other books, including the New York Times bestseller The Bell Curve, Coming Apart, What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Real Education, and the forthcoming By the People. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and lives near Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

A Note on Presentation
Preface
Introduction to the 2015 Edition

Prologue

PART I
A Generous Revolution

1. The Kennedy Transition
2. “The System Is to Blame”
3. Implementing the Elite Wisdom

PART II
Being Poor, Being Black: 1950–1980

4. Poverty
5. Employment
6. Wages and Occupations
7. Education
8. Crime
9. The Family
10. The View from 1966

PART III
Interpreting the Data

11. The Social Scientists and the Great Experiment
12. Incentives to Fail I: Maximizing Short-Term Gains
13. Incentives to Fail II: Crime and Education
14. The Destruction of Statues Rewards

PART IV
Rethinking Social Policy

15. What Do We Want to Accomplish?
16. The Constraints on Helping
17. Choosing a Future

Appendix: The Data
Notes
Glossary on Source Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

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