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

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Health care, welfare, Social Security, employment programs—all are part of ongoing national debates about the future of social policy in the United States. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Theda Skocpol shows how historical understanding, centered on governmental institutions and political alliances, can illuminate the limits and possibilities of American social policymaking both past and present. Skocpol dispels the myth that Americans are inherently hostile to social spending and suggests why President Clinton's health care agenda was so quickly attacked despite the support of most Americans for his goals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: American Social Policies: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective 3
Ch. 1 State Formation and Social Policy in the United States 11
Ch. 2 America's First Social Security System: The Expansion of Benefits for Civil War Veterans 37
Ch. 3 Gender and the Origins of Modern Social Policies in Britain and the United States 72
Ch. 4 The Road to Social Security 136
Ch. 5 Redefining the New Deal: World War II and the Development of Social Provision in the United States 167
Ch. 6 The Limits of the New Deal System and the Roots of Contemporary Welfare Dilemmas 209
Ch. 7 "Brother Can You Spare a Job?" Work and Welfare in the United States 228
Ch. 8 Targeting within Universalism: Politically Viable Policies to Combat Poverty in the United States 250
Ch. 9 Is the Time Finally Ripe? Health Insurance Reforms in the 1990s 275
Ch. 10 From Social Security to Health Security? 293
Conclusion: Remaking U.S. Social Policies for the 21st Century 297
Index 313
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