Illusions of Prosperity: America's Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity

Illusions of Prosperity: America's Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity

by Joel Blau




Faith in the free market—the idea that profit seeking, managed care companies will improve the health care delivery system—has become a hot topic in the public policy debate. But, as Joel Blau demonstrates in this splendid work, so-called "free market" programs have been a dismal failure. Here, he launches a far-reaching assault on the idea that "the market" knows best. He looks at recent reforms in NAFTA, education, job training, welfare, and much more, showing that the new social policies have made matters worse and calling for a stronger, more caring government to counter the debilitating effects of the market. He also urges the development of the broadest possible political alliances to ensure economic security. Sure to raise controversy, this book turns today's conventional wisdom inside out, making a profound case for the importance of a strong government in a world where markets do not have all the answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195089936
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/24/1999
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

About the Author

Joel Blau is an Associate Professor, and Director of the Ph.D. Program, at the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Part I The Turn to the Market 1(78)
The Triumph of the Market
Business Moves: Markets, Nations, and Inequality
Disposable Workers
The Low-Wage, Low-Skill Strategy
Part II The Path Upward? 79(82)
Education: Choice, Profit, and Democracy
Jobs and Job Training: The Field of Dreams
Poverty and Welfare: Market as Cure or Market as Cause?
Part III Both Workers and Citizens: The Route to Economic Security 161(62)
Democracy in the Workplace?
The Government: From Client to Customer to Citizen
The Next Deal
Notes 223(40)
Index 263

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