Social Policy in the United States: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective

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Princeton University Press, 1995 - Political Science - 326 pages
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Health care, welfare, Social Security, employment programs--all are part of ongoing national debates about the future of social policy in the United States. In this wide- ranging collection of essays, Theda Skocpol shows how historical understanding, centered on governmental institutions and political alliances, can illuminate the limits and possibilities of American social policymaking both past and present. Skocpol dispels the myth that Americans are inherently hostile to social spending and suggests why President Clinton's health care agenda was so quickly attacked despite the support of most Americans for his goals.Health care, welfare, Social Security, employment programs--all are part of ongoing national debates about the future of social policy in the United States. In this wide- ranging collection of essays, Theda Skocpol shows how historical understanding, centered on governmental institutions and political alliances, can illuminate the limits and possibilities of American social policymaking both past and present. Skocpol dispels the myth that Americans are inherently hostile to social spending and suggests why President Clinton's health care agenda was so quickly attacked despite the support of most Americans for his goals.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
11
CHAPTER
37
CHAPTER THREE
72
CHAPTER FOUR
136
CHAPTER FIVE
167
CHAPTER
209
CHAPTER SEVEN
228
CHAPTER EIGHT
250
CHAPTER NINE
275
CHAPTER
293
Index
313
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Theda Skocpol is professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government.

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