Social Policy and the Conservative Agenda / Edition 1

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A comprehensive collection of original essays by leading experts on social and econmic policy including Frances Fox Piven, Harvey Molotch, Jill Quadagno, James Petras, and Judith Stacey. This volume challenges the conservative notion that the fundamental problem plaguing America is dependancy on government and further cuts only lead to a cycle of recision.

  • Newly published articles by the leading experts in social and economic policy
  • Explores conservative social policy of the late twentieth century
  • Contains articles on welfare reform, health care, military spending and economic policy
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is an impressive volume. It is filled with original insightson recent federal policies on domestic issues. I can think of nowork that sheds more light on why the conservative politicalmovement was able to seep through the Clinton administration andinfluence its economic and social policies." William JuliusWilson, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, John F. KennedySchool of Government, Harvard University

"Not just during the Reagan and Bush presidencies, but underClinton's, social policy has veered rightwards. This excellentcollection of smart, sassy, analytically-grounded essays by afirst-rate group of scholars offers detailed policyanalyses—spanning issues of race, the welfare state, sexuality,and the military, among other topics—and provides broad,provocative overviews of the politics of our time. It is certain toprovoke fresh considerations and challenge settled views." Ira IKatznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History,Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577181200
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Clarence Y. H. Lo is Associate Professor of Sociology at theUniversity of Missouri at Columbia. He is the author of SmallProperty versus Big Government: Social Origins of the Property TaxRevolt (University of California Press, 1990, revised edition1995) and writes articles about theories of the state andconservative social movements.

Michael Schwartz is Professor of Sociology at the StateUniversity of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of ThePower Structure of American Business (Mizurchi and Schwartz,CUP, 1987), and The Social Construction of Industry(McGuire, Granovetter and Schwartz, CUP, 1996). He writesextensively in the areas of economic and political sociology, andsocial stratification.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Went Right?.

Why the Clinton Administration Did Not Alter The ConservativeTrajectory in Federal Policy: Michael Schwartz (SUNY-StonyBrook).

Part I: Welfare, Social Security, and the State ofAusterity:.

1. Welfare and the Transformation of American Politics: FrancesFox Piven (CUNY-Graduate Center).

2. The Democratic Party and the Politics of Welfare Reform: RonWalters (University of Maryland).

3. Urban America: Crushed in the Growth Machine: Harvey Molotch(University of California, Santa Barbara).

4. Rhetoric, Recision, and Reaction: The Development ofHomelessness Policy: Cynthia Bogard (Hofstra), and J. JeffMcConnell (SUNY-Stony Brook).

5. Social Security Policy and the Entitlement Debate: The NewAmerican Exceptionalism: Jill Quadagno (Florida StateUniversity).

Part II: Welfare-Warfare Spending, Technology, and the GlobalEconomy:.

6. Wealth and Poverty in the National Economy: The DomesticFoundations of Clinton's Global Policy: Morris Morley (MacquarieUniversity) and James Petras (SUNY - Binghampton).

7. America's Military Industrial Make-Over: Ann Markusen(Council on Foreign Relations).

8. Big Missions and Big Business: Military and CorporateDominance of Federal Science Policy: Gregory Hooks (WashingtonState) and Gregory McLauchlan (University of Oregon).

9. Active-competitive Industrial Policy: From Elite Project toLogics of Action: J. Kenneth Benson and Nick Paretsky (Universityof Missouri).

10. Where Are All the Democrats'The Limits of Economic PolicyReform: Patrick Akard (Skidmore College).

11. Failure of Health-Care Reform: The Role of Big Business inPolicy Formation: Beth Mintz (University of Vermont).

Part III: Acting Out Conservative Ideology:.

12. The Malignant Masses on CNN: Media Use of Public OpinionPolls to Fabricate the "Conservative Majority" against Health-CareReform: Clarence Y. H. Lo (University of Missouri).

13. Popular Consensus or Political Extortion-Making Soldiers theMeans and Ends of U. S. Military Deployments: Jerry Lee Lembcke(Holy Cross College).

14. Theorizing and Politicizing Choice in the 1996 election:Zillah Eisenstein (Ithica College).

15. The Right Family Values: Judith Stacey (University ofSouthern California).

16. Contradictions in the Conservative Agenda: Welfare Reformand Reproductive Politics on a Collision Course: Carole Joffe(University of California - Davis).


Business Action, Conservative Acting, and InstitutionalEnactment: Economic Constraints on Social Policy: Clarence Y. H. Lo(University of Missouri).

List of Contributors.


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