The American Myth of Markets in Social Policy: Ideological Roots of Inequality

The American Myth of Markets in Social Policy: Ideological Roots of Inequality

by Debra Hevenstone

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The American Myth of Markets in Social Policy: Ideological Roots of Inequality by Debra Hevenstone

The American Myth of Markets in Social Policy examines how implementing American tropes in policy design inadvertently frustrates policy goals. The book investigates multiple market-oriented designs including funding for private organizations to deliver public services, funding for individuals to buy services, and policies incentivizing or mandating private actors to provide social policy. Hevenstone shows that these solutions often not only fail to achieve social goals, but actively undermine them. The book carefully details the mechanisms through which this occurs, and examines several policies in depth, covering universal social insurance programs like healthcare and pensions, as well as smaller interventions like programs for the homeless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137436290
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/10/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

Debra Hevenstone is Senior Researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Table of Contents

PART I: THEORY
1.Defining Social Goals: Pragmatism, Empiricism, and the Social Debate
2.Social Policy Design: Market-Oriented Solutions, Rationality, and Federalism
PART II: POLICY
3.Labor Markets: Wages, the Employer's Role, and Family Policy
4.Social Insurance: Health, Pensions, and Long-Term Care
5.Targeted Programs: Housing, Homelessness, and Youth Training
6.Social Pressure: Health Behaviors, Bullying, Prejudice, and Discrimination

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