A Poverty of Imagination: Bootstrap Capitalism, Sequel to Welfare Reform
Tracing the roots of recent US reforms to the early days of the war on poverty, this work describes a social welfare system grown inept, corrupt, and susceptible to conservative redesign. It focuses on the economic barriers impeding movement out of poverty into the American mainstream.
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