Social Policy in the United States: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective

Social Policy in the United States: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective

by Theda Skocpol
     
 

"Social Policy in the United States bears out Skocpol's reputation as the preeminent scholar of the history of social policymaking in the United States. This timely publication provides a number of important insights from historical inquiry on the limits and possibilities of current social policymaking."—William Julius Wilson, University of

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"Social Policy in the United States bears out Skocpol's reputation as the preeminent scholar of the history of social policymaking in the United States. This timely publication provides a number of important insights from historical inquiry on the limits and possibilities of current social policymaking."—William Julius Wilson, University of Chicago

"Theda Skocpol's brilliant essays on the development of American social policy quickly became classics as they were published separately over the last decade or so. Now she has brought them together in a book that will be invaluable to scholars and policymakers alike."—Alan Brinkley, Professor of History, Columbia University

"Theda Skocpol has become the sociological analyst of the sources of American social policy. Her new book is must reading for anyone who seeks to understand the way in which we are different from Europe."—Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel Chair of Public Policy, George Mason University, and Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution

"Of exceptional interest in Theda Skocpol's work is her ability to combine the perspectives of historian, sociologist, and political scientist to illuminate difficult problems of political development. Her explanations of the peculiar evolution of the American welfare state are valuable not only for students and scholars but for all those who wish to learn from the past to make wiser policy choices for the future."—Derek Bok, The 300th Anniversary University Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"This will be an important book with a wide audience . . . Skocpol has deliberately moved back and forth across the line separating political sociology from social policy analysis, a constructive move that enriches both areas."—Frederick Block, University of California, Davis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691037851
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/22/1995
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
953,485
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: American Social Policies: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective3
Ch. 1State Formation and Social Policy in the United States11
Ch. 2America's First Social Security System: The Expansion of Benefits for Civil War Veterans37
Ch. 3Gender and the Origins of Modern Social Policies in Britain and the United States72
Ch. 4The Road to Social Security136
Ch. 5Redefining the New Deal: World War II and the Development of Social Provision in the United States167
Ch. 6The Limits of the New Deal System and the Roots of Contemporary Welfare Dilemmas209
Ch. 7"Brother Can You Spare a Job?" Work and Welfare in the United States228
Ch. 8Targeting within Universalism: Politically Viable Policies to Combat Poverty in the United States250
Ch. 9Is the Time Finally Ripe? Health Insurance Reforms in the 1990s275
Ch. 10From Social Security to Health Security?293
Conclusion: Remaking U.S. Social Policies for the 21st Century297
Index313

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