U.S. Social Security: A Reference Handbook

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This timely volume details the history and development of the American system of Social Security and examines the serious problems it faces. It covers the "prehistory" of Social Security dating back to the 19th century and projects the prograM's likely future over the next several generations.

Thematically, the book chronicles the origination of the initial Social Security Act of 1935, each major reform to the act through today, the nature and magnitude of the current difficulty...

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Overview

This timely volume details the history and development of the American system of Social Security and examines the serious problems it faces. It covers the "prehistory" of Social Security dating back to the 19th century and projects the prograM's likely future over the next several generations.

Thematically, the book chronicles the origination of the initial Social Security Act of 1935, each major reform to the act through today, the nature and magnitude of the current difficulty facing Social Security, and each major remedy that has been proposed. It also examines programs in other nations and how they have attempted to address similar problems. This handbook is essential reading for anyone trying to understand how this vital program evolved and where it could be going.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This title will be very useful for report writing."

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Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

"Livingston has produced a helpful introduction to this multifaceted and interdisciplinary subject that should facilitate academic research on social security."

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ARBA

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

These books' subtitles are apt, as the works gather relevant information in single, handy volumes. The writing is clear and understandable. For instance, Rich and Poor explains the Gini Coefficient, a difficult concept, in a simple, straightforward manner that will be understandable to most students. Pertinent black-and-white graphs, charts, and tables clarify data. The books include "Background and History," "Problems, Controversies and Solutions," "Worldwide Perspectives," "Biographical Sketches," and primary sources. In addition, Social Security includes a world chronology that relates significant reforms and innovations in other countries' national pension programs. Though the titles suggest a U.S. focus, they also include global perspectives.-Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School Library, Lancaster, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598841190
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Background and History 1

The Origins and Development of Social Security 1

The U.S. Social Security Program Today 25

References 28

2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions 31

The Social Security Trust Fund 32

Saving Social Security: The Options 38

Conclusion 71

References 72

3 Worldwide Perspectives 75

Canada: Moderate Reforms with Big Results? 76

Germany: Clamping Down on Benefits? 82

Australia: Putting Means Testing to Work? 87

Sweden: Fully Funding without Privatizing? 92

The United Kingdom: Voluntary Carve-Outs? 99

Chile: Privatization? 105

Too Many Alternatives? 111

References 112

4 Chronology 115

U.S. Chronology 115

World Chronology 121

5 Biographical Sketches 133

6 Data and Documents 161

The Social Security Act 161

The Supreme Court Opinion: Helvering v. Davis 162

Principal Presidential Speeches and Messages 167

Reform Commission and Advisory Council Reports 178

Social Security Annual Trustees Report 191

7 Directory of Organizations 197

Institutions and Organizations of the U.S. Government 197

Interest Groups and Lobbying Organizations 201

Think Tanks 212

8 Resources 219

Public Agencies 220

International Organizations 223

Media and Press Sites 224

Internet Research Sites 225

Books and Articles 225

Glossary 261

Index 267

About the Author 275

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