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The Failed Welfare Revolution:
America's Struggle over Guaranteed Income Policy
Brian Steensland

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"Steensland's precision in analyzing the guaranteed income debates throughout the book is impressive, as is his use of extensive original research from presidential archives. He has done a great service in so thoroughly deconstructing for the first time a neglected episode in the history of us (and Canadian) social policy."--Richard Pereira, Labour-Le Travail

"[A] theoretically rich and historically detailed account of domestic policy centered on the 1970s."--Richard K. Caputo, Eastern Economic Journal


"In this important work, Brian Steensland authoritatively reconstructs the history of guaranteed income proposals and highlights Richard Nixon's ironic role in the evolution of American social policy. This story, of possibilities foreclosed and opportunities missed, adds significantly to our knowledge of the American welfare state. An impressive achievement."--Robert C. Lieberman, Columbia University

"Brian Steensland's impressive book, The Failed Welfare Revolution--Nixon's proposed Family Assistance Plan--brings sophisticated cultural analysis and in-depth historical research to bear on an unjustly neglected episode in the development of U.S. social policy, helping us to better understand our current policy options while enriching our theoretical armory."--Ann Orloff, Northwestern University

"This is one of the most important books yet on the American welfare state. Thoroughly researched, clearly argued, and tightly focused, it is by far the most definitive account of a largely forgotten episode that, had it turned out differently, could have changed the subsequent history of U.S. domestic policy."--Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania

"Painstakingly researched and well written, fast-paced and with a strong narrative style, The Failed Welfare Revolution takes a refreshingly cultural view of the rise and fall of guaranteed family income. It takes, at the same time, a refreshingly undeterministic view of history. With passage of a guaranteed family income law, working families might have had a much more reliable safety net."--Frank Dobbin, Harvard University

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