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A Political History of the American Welfare System: When Ideas Have Consequences

A Political History of the American Welfare System: When Ideas Have Consequences (Hardback)

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How did American welfare policy move from the ambitious and altruistic goals of LBJ's Great Society of the 1960s to the punitive and penurious provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act of 1996? This book explores the power of ideology and rhetoric in the transformation of the American liberal welfare state. Based on historical analysis, detailed public policy critique, and original interview data, the story that unfolds is one of both personality and politics. Author Brendon O'Connor places the American welfare policy debate in wider perspective, showing how America's particular use of ideas and conceptions of economics and politics worked to reshape the national perception of poverty, morality, and economic responsibility over time.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processes Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 14/10/2003 ISBN-13: 9780742526679  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Brendon O'Connor is assistant professor in the School of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University.

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