Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden was the winner of the 1974 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Book Award for the best book published in the United States on government, politics, or international affairs.
About the Author
Hugh Heclo is Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University, a former Professor of Government at Harvard University, and prior to that a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Most recently he is author of Christianity and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2007) and On Thinking Institutionally (Paradigm Press, 2008). He currently serves on the 12-member Scholars' Council advising the Librarian of Congress and in 2002 was honored by the American Political Science Association with the John Gaus Award for lifetime achievement in the fields of political science and public administration.
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Heclo painstakingly analyses the evolution of income maintenance policies over the past 100 years in Britain and Sweden in an effort to explain why these policies evolved as they did. He thus poses a question of fundamental importance to both policy and political science and he produces an answer which is neither obvious nor dramatic but which is original, discriminating, and persuasive. His book is an unusually judicious combination of political theory, historical research, comparative method, and policy analysis. And not to be overlooked is the fact that all this is expressed in a crisp, literate prose style, of the sort which has unfortunately become, somewhat rare in our profession. [ Modern Social Politicies in Britain and Sweden] represents a major contribution to the discipline on not one but several fronts and stands as a model of how political scientists can tease out of history answers to the question: why?