The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.93
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 82%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $4.93   
  • New (3) from $29.05   
  • Used (5) from $4.93   


According to the Justice Department's National Crime Survey, the crime rate in the United States is lower today than it was when Nixon was in the White House. In spite of this, political leaders demand nationwide prison construction as a response to the war on drugs and to accommodate the results of the new three strikes law. At the same time, the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever and the needs of the non-disruptive poor are being ignored by the economic and political elites to the point of unprecedented homelessness. The author predicts this widening gap will prompt the return of 1960s-style civil turmoil which will lead to the end of the war on drugs and the emptying of hundreds of thousands of cells so the protesting poor can be plausibly threatened with incarceration.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Emerging from the author's Ph.D. dissertation in political science at the Graduate Center of CUNY, this volume examines the massive expansion of funding and legal authority of agencies of social control as a means to "restrain the growing number of disgruntled poor who have watched their jobs relocate to the Third World and their government reduce its commitment to abolishing poverty." It examines changes in public policy concerning poverty, inequality, welfare, and homelessness, and then compares those policies and expenditures with the policies concerning criminal justice over the past two decades. Shows the expert tutelage of Francis Fox Piven, whose guidance the author acknowledges. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275952396
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH DILLON DAVEY is a lawyer, political scientist, and writer of numerous journal articles on public policy.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Pt. I Poverty 1
Ch. 1 Urban Riots and the Beginning of the New Social Contract 3
Ch. 2 The Restoration of Order and the Reduction in Social Provision: Poverty in the 1990s 19
Ch. 3 The New Homelessness: The Reagan Legacy 39
Pt. II Crime 55
Ch. 4 The Explosion of the Criminal Justice System: The Muscle of the New Social Contract 57
Ch. 5 The FBI's Dirty Little Secret: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics 69
Ch. 6 The Media and Public Hysteria about Crime 85
Pt. III Legal Change 103
Ch. 7 Assault on the Constitution: Penal Code Reform 105
Ch. 8 Assault on the Constitution: The Death of the Fourth Amendment 119
Ch. 9 The End of the War on Drugs 137
Pt. IV Conclusion 149
Ch. 10 The New Social Contract 151
Bibliography 165
Index 175
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)