Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980

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Basic Books, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 323 pages
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With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the classic book argues that the ambitious social programs of the Great Society designed to help the poor and disadvantaged often made things worse."A remarkable book. Future discussions of social policy cannot proceed without taking the arguments and evidence of this book into account."--James S. Coleman, University of Chicago

"Without bile and without rhetoric it lays out a stark truth that must be faced: Two decades of well-meaning programs to erase racism and poverty in the U.S. have left those at the very bottom of the ladder worse off than ever."--Daniel B. Moskowitz, "Business Week"

"A great book."--Richard Vigilante, "Wall Street Journal"

"Charles Murray will infuriate people. But if they read carefully, he will also make them think."--Ken Auletta, author of "The Underclass"

  

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Charles Murray, through detailed statistical analysis exposes the horrible failure of the war on poverty. Poverty was on a steady decline until the mid sixties, when President Johnson declared a war ... Read full review

Review: Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980

User Review  - John Harder - Goodreads

Charles Murray, through detailed statistical analysis exposes the horrible failure of the war on poverty. Poverty was on a steady decline until the mid sixties, when President Johnson declared a war ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
A Generous Revolution
9
The Kennedy Transition
13
The System Is to Blame
22
Implementing the Elite Wisdom
39
Being Poor Being Black 19501980
49
Poverty
54
Employment
67
Interpreting the Data
141
The Social Scientists and the Great Experiment
145
Incentives to Fail I Maximizing ShortTerm Gains
152
Incentives to Fail II Crime and Education
165
The Destruction of Status Rewards
176
The Constraints on Helping
203
Choosing a future
217
The Data
235

Wages and Occupations
83
Education
94
Crime
111
The Family
122
The View from 1966
133
NOTES
263
GLOSSARY OF SOURCE ABBREVIATIONS
297
BIBLIOGRAPHY
299
INDEX
315
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Charles Murray is a Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the author of The Bell Curve.

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