Poverty, Inequality, and the Future of Social Policy: Western States in the New World Order

Poverty, Inequality, and the Future of Social Policy: Western States in the New World Order

by Katherine McFate
     
 

"Extremely coherent and useful, this much needed volume is concerned with the current status of the poor in Western industrial states. Its closely linked essays allow comparisons between case studies and are often themselves cross-national comparisons....The essays also comment on the meaning of globalization for social policy." —Choice

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"Extremely coherent and useful, this much needed volume is concerned with the current status of the poor in Western industrial states. Its closely linked essays allow comparisons between case studies and are often themselves cross-national comparisons....The essays also comment on the meaning of globalization for social policy." —Choice

"Excellent and tightly integrated articles by a group of prominent international scholars....A timely and important book, which will surely become the basic reference point for all future research on inequality and social policy." —Contemporary Sociology

The social safety net is under strain in all Western nations, as social and economic change has created problems that traditional welfare systems were not designed to handle. Poverty, Inequality, and the Future of Social Policy provides a definitive analysis of the conditions that are fraying the social fabric and the reasons why some countries have been more successful than others in addressing these trends. In the United States, where the poverty rate in the 1980s was twice that of any advanced nation in Europe, the social protection system—and public support for it—has eroded alarmingly. In Europe, the welfare system more effectively buffered the disadvantaged, but social expenditures have been indicted by many as the principal cause of high unemployment.

Concluding chapters review the progress and goals of social welfare programs, assess their viability in the face of creeping economic, racial, and social fragmentation, and define the challenges that face those concerned with social cohesion and economic prosperity in the new global economy. This volume illuminates the disparate effects of government intervention on the incidence and duration of poverty in Western countries. Poverty, Inequality, and the Future of Social Policy is full of lessons for anyone who would look beyond the limitations of the welfare debate in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871545930
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Western States in the New World Order1
Ch. 1Markets and States: Poverty Trends and Transfer System Effectiveness in the 1980s29
Ch. 2Poverty and Social-Assistance Dynamics in the United States, Canada, and Europe
Ch. 3A Comparison of Poverty and Living Conditions in the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Germany109
Ch. 4Labor Insecurity Through Market Regulation: Legacy of the 1980s, Challenge for the 1990s153
Ch. 5The Impact of Technological Change, Deindustrialization, and Internationalization of Trade on Earnings Inequality: An International Perspective197
Ch. 6Gender Role and Family Structure Changes in the Advanced Industrialized West: Implications for Social Policy231
Ch. 7French Policies Towards Lone Parents: Social Categories and Social Policies257
Ch. 8Single Mothers in Sweden: Why is Poverty Less Severe?291
Ch. 9Lone Parents: the Canadian Experience327
Ch. 10Single Mother Families and Social Policy: Lessons for the United States from Canada, France, and Sweden367
Ch. 11Is there a Problem with the Youth Labor Market, and if so, How Should We Fix It?387
Ch. 12Apprentice Training in Germany: The Experiences of the 1980s415
Ch. 13Special Measures to Improve Youth Employment in Italy439
Ch. 14Postindustrialization and Youth Unemployment: African Americans as Harbingers461
Ch. 15Divergent Destinies: Immigration, Poverty, and Entrepreneurship in the United States489
Ch. 16The Impact of Economic Change on Minorities and Migrants in Western Europe521
Ch. 17The Comparative Structure and Experience of Urban Exclusion: "Race," Class, and Space in Chicago and Paris543
Ch. 18Immigration, Marginality, and French Social Policy571
Ch. 19Poverty, Immigration, and Minority Groups: Policies Toward Minorities in Great Britain585
Ch. 20Ethnic Minorities in the Netherlands607
Ch. 21Trampolines, Safety Nets, or Free Fall? Labor Market Policies and Social Assistance in the 1980s631
Ch. 22The Social Question665
Ch. 23Poverty, Social Rights, and the Quality of Citizenship693
Name Index715
Subject Index723

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