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

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Overview


This classic book serves as a starting point for any serious discussion of welfare reform. Losing Ground argues that the ambitious social programs of the1960s and 1970s actually made matters worse for its supposed beneficiaries, the poor and minorities. Charles Murray startled readers by recommending that we abolish welfare reform, but his position launched a debate culminating in President Clinton’s proposal “to end welfare as we know it.”

This outspoken, explosive book argues that the ambitious social programs of the Great Society made things worse.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Murray, coauthor of The Bell Curve, argued that the social programs of the '60s and the '70s worsened the plight of the poor and minorities. This 10th anniversary issue includes a new introduction by the author. (Jan.)
John C. Marshall
Mr. Murray suffers from the besetting problem of the right - an inability to define any meaning for equality beyond equal opportunity. He does not reckon with the insistence of most Americans that social policy define some kind of community in which everyone has a place, regardless of his or her fortunes in the marketplace. Books of the Century, New York Times review March, 1986
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465042333
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 219,872
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Murray is a Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the author of The Bell Curve.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    The best book I have ever read.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in poverty and welfare.

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