Book Search:  


Google full text of our books:

The Politics of Social Policy in the United States
Edited by Margaret Weir, Ann Shola Orloff and Theda Skocpol

Paperback | 1988 | $70.00 / £48.95 | ISBN: 9780691028415
480 pp. | Shopping Cart


This volume places the welfare debates of the 1980s in the context of past patterns of U.S. policy, such as the Social Security Act of 1935, the failure of efforts in the 1940s to extend national social benefits and economic planning, and the backlashes against "big government" that followed reforms of the 1960s and early 1970s. Historical analysis reveals that certain social policies have flourished in the United States: those that have appealed simultaneously to middle-class and lower-income people, while not involving direct bureaucratic interventions into local communities. The editors suggest how new family and employment policies, devised along these lines, might revitalize broad political coalitions and further basic national values.

The contributors are Edwin Amenta, Robert Aponte, Mary Jo Bane, Kenneth Finegold, John Myles, Kathryn Neckerman, Gary Orfield, Ann Shola Orloff, Jill Quadagno, Theda Skocpol, Helene Slessarev, Beth Stevens, Margaret Weir, and William Julius Wilson.


"Social democratic critiques of the American welfare state abound . . . {and this book] is one of the best works in this genre. It is solidly researched and written with calm authority."--Public Interest

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Margaret Weir:

Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Theda Skocpol:


Subject Areas:

Shopping Cart:

  • For hardcover/paperback orders:

    For hardcover/paperback orders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

    Paperback: $70.00 ISBN: 9780691028415

    For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India

    Paperback: £48.95 ISBN: 9780691028415

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 3/27/2014

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
For Reviewers
Class Use
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
American History
Political Science and International Relations
More Choices