America's Welfare State
From Roosevelt to Reagan
Social welfare policy in the United States has gone from controversy in the 1930s, to consensus at mid-century, and back to controversy and confusion in the late twentieth century. In America's Welfare State, Edward Berkowitz offers a concise and informative historical overview of this costly and often frustrating area of domestic policy.
Astute historian that he is, Edward Berkowitz has written an informative and provocative account of U.S. social policymaking since the 1930s. He convincingly highlights gaps between expectations and outcomes, tracing the roots of America's recurrent 'welfare crises.' This book is bound to interest scholars and policy experts alike.
Readers of America's Welfare State will derive an excellent understanding of the complexity surrounding social welfare in the late 20th-century US. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Useful for scholars and students both for its insights into the policy-making process and for its account of how American social policy arrived at the sorry state we find it in today.
A remarkably successful book... powerfully written and clearly of interest to scholars and policy experts alike.
Berkowitz has gone behind the written statute and the official press release to find out who believed what and who did what to effect changes in the process and substantive aspects of welfare statism. This book is a worthy addition to the literature.
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