Moral Authority, Ideology and the Future of American Social Welfare

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American welfare policies and programs frustrate both conservative and liberal advocates who fail to realize that American welfare policy cannot be any more than, or any less than, the distinctly American framework in which it operates. Moral Authority, Ideology, and the Future of American Social Welfare departs from standard presentations of social welfare by dealing directly with the ideologies that have shaped the American experience and illustrates how the values these ideologies generate define the framework...

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Overview

American welfare policies and programs frustrate both conservative and liberal advocates who fail to realize that American welfare policy cannot be any more than, or any less than, the distinctly American framework in which it operates. Moral Authority, Ideology, and the Future of American Social Welfare departs from standard presentations of social welfare by dealing directly with the ideologies that have shaped the American experience and illustrates how the values these ideologies generate define the framework of American social welfare through existing economic, governmental, and social structures. By reviewing the ideological frameworks that have shaped the American experience, Andrew Dobelstein explains that we have tried to do much more with American social welfare policy than is possible in the present American system and that prudence suggests a reformation of American social welfare policy—which is not to do less but to do what we are capable of doing in a more effective way. This book suggests how welfare can be re-formed by taking the American ideological context as a road map for which welfare changes are possible and which are not, laying out a framework for welfare as America enters the twenty-first century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813333113
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Acronyms
Preface
1 The Challenges of Welfare in America Today 1
2 Family and Religious Values in Welfare Ethics 23
3 Transforming Ideology into Welfare 55
4 Welfare's Political Framework 87
5 The Evolution of America's Present-Day Welfare Policies and Programs 115
6 American Ideologies: Liberalism, Its Limitations and Potential 161
7 American Ideologies: Capitalism, Economics Without Ethics 183
8 American Ideologies: Positivism, the Belief System of Social Science 213
9 A New Paradigm for American Social Welfare 245
Appendices 267
Index 275
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