The Divided Welfare State : The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States

Description

The Divided Welfare State is the first comprehensive political analysis of America's system of public and private social benefits. Everyone knows that the American welfare state is less expensive and extensive, later to develop and slower to grow, than comparable programs abroad. American social spending is as high as spending in many European nations. What is distinctive is that so many social welfare duties are handled by the private sector with government support. With historical reach and statistical and cross-national evidence, The Divided Welfare State demonstrates that private social benefits have not been shaped by public policy, but have deeply influenced the politics of public social programs - to produce a social policy framework whose political and social effects are strikingly different than often assumed. At a time of fierce new debates about social policy, this book is essential to understanding the roots of America's distinctive model and its future possibilities.

Details

Author(s)
Jacob S. Hacker
Format
Paperback | 466 pages
Dimensions
153 x 229 x 31mm | 700g
Publication date
30 Apr 2010
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
New
Illustrations note
19 Tables, unspecified; 15 Line drawings, unspecified
ISBN10
0521013283
ISBN13
9780521013284
Bestsellers rank
1,478,607