Summary: In this history, Katz explores the roots of our ambivalence toward welfare and the welfare state, revealing the patterns which have recurred from era to era and which continue to frustrate reformers to this day. From the poorhouse era to the New Deal, from the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare, Katz provides the long perspective so often missing from the debates over "ending welfare as we know it." And this tenth anniversary edition contains an expanded
introduction and a new concluding chapter, bringing the story to the present and analyzing the politics that lie behind the welfare reform act of 1996. This controversial history of welfare in America argues that government must be the source of social progress.
Summary: In this history, Katz explores the roots of our ambivalence toward welfare and the welfare state, revealing the patterns which have recurred from era to era and which continue to frustrate reformers to this day. From the poorhouse era to the New Deal, from the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare, Katz provides the long perspective so often missing from the debates over "ending welfare as we know it." And this tenth anniversary edition contains an expanded introduction and a new concluding chapter, bringing the story to the present and analyzing the politics that lie behind the welfare reform act of 1996. This controversial history of welfare in America argues that government must be the source of social progress. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:REV 96 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Basic Books, Inc. Published: 12/28/1996 International: No
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Katz, Michael B. : University of Pennsyvania
Michael B. Katz is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of numerous books on social policy in America, including The Underserving Poor and Improving Poor People.
"A rich historical summary of America's welfare heritage.... In the Shadow of the Poorhouse's greatest strength is the wealth of historical detail and analysis that describes, and accounts for, the cheapest, most inadequate welfare state in the Western world."
--Michael Harrington author of In These Times
"Must reading for anyone seriously interested in either the history or future of American welfare policy."
--Journal of Economic History
"Excellent.... A concise, tightly organized and exceptionally well-written history of American social policy."
--Robert Lekachman New Leader
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The Poorhouse Era The Origins and Failure of the Poorhouse Poverty Outdoor Relief The Theory and Practice of Scientific Charity The Transformation of the Poorhouse Building The Semi-Welfare State Saving Children Reorganizing Cities Reorganizing the Labor Market Reorganizing the Nation From The War On Poverty To The War On Welfare The War on Poverty and the Expansion of Social Welfare The War on Welfare
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