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

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Overview

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.

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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 (booknews.com)
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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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
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