Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare

Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare

by Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward
     
 

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Piven and Cloward have updated their classic work on the history and function of welfare to cover the American welfare state's massive erosion during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. The authors present a boldly comprehensive, brilliant new theory to explain the comparative underdevelopment of the U.S. welfare state among advanced industrial nations. Their… See more details below

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Piven and Cloward have updated their classic work on the history and function of welfare to cover the American welfare state's massive erosion during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. The authors present a boldly comprehensive, brilliant new theory to explain the comparative underdevelopment of the U.S. welfare state among advanced industrial nations. Their conceptual framework promises to shape the debate within current and future administrations as they attempt to rethink the welfare system and its role in American society.

"Uncompromising and provocative....By mixing history, political interpretation and sociological analysis, Piven and Cloward provide the best explanation to date of our present situation...no future discussion of welfare can afford to ignore them."
—Peter Steinfels, The New York Times Book Review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published in 1971, this social science classic outlines the social functions of welfare programs. (Oct.)
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"Uncompromising and provocative....By mixing history, political interpretation and sociological analysis, Piven and Cloward provide the best explanation to date of our present situation...no future discussion of welfare can afford to ignore them."—Peter Steinfels, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307814647
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/08/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
1,130,066
File size:
4 MB

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