Social Insurance: America's Neglected Heritage and Contested Future

Social Insurance: America's Neglected Heritage and Contested Future

By: Theodore R. Marmor (author), Jerry L. Mashaw (author), John Pakutka (author)Paperback

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What has America done to protect its citizens and workers should any of these threats materialize? What more might it do? What might it learn from the experience of other nations? How do the answers the nation has given affect contemporary taxation, spending and the economy, as well as the prospects for individual lives? Social Insurance: America's Neglected Past and Contested Future answers these questions by describing and analyzing the history, economics, politics and philosophy of America's most important social insurance programs. It provides a unifying vision of these programs' purposes, notwithstanding their distinctive institutional structures. It reminds us, amidst the confusing and often apocalyptic rhetoric of conventional political debates why we have the programs and policies we do, and argues for reforms that preserves and enhances the protections in place. Rich in stories, data and analysis, this book will provide students-and citizens-with a strong intellectual foundation for understanding the realities behind the rhetoric-and, perhaps, for thinking more cogently about the risks they will encounter in their own lives.

About Author

Theodore (Ted) Marmor is professor emeritus of public policy and management and professor emeritus of political science at Yale University. Marmor is an accomplished author and co-author of eleven books, and has published over a hundred articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. Additionally, he is a frequent Op-Ed contributor to U.S. and Canadian newspapers. Marmor began his career as a special assistant to Wilbur Cohen (Secretary of HEW) in the mid-1960s. He has served as associate dean of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, the head of Yale's Center for Health Services, a member of President Carter's Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and a senior social policy advisor to Walter Mondale in the presidential campaign of 1984. He has testified before Congress about medical care reform, social security, and welfare issues, as well as being a consultant to government and non-profit agencies. Jerry L. Mashaw, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, teaches courses on administrative law, social welfare policy, regulation, legislation, and the design of public institutions. His books include Administrative Law: Introduction to the American Public Law System, Sixth Edition (with Richard Merrill and Peter Shane, 2009); Bureaucratic Justice (1983), awarded Harvard University's Gerard Henderson Memorial Prize in 1993; The Struggle for Auto Safety (with David Harfst, 1990), awarded the Sixth Annual Scholarship Prize of the ABA's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy in 1992; and Greed, Chaos, and Governance: Using Public Choice to Improve Public Law (1997), awarded the ABA's Section's Twelfth Annual Scholarship Prize in 1998 and the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award in 2002. He is a frequent contributor to legal and public policy journals, newspapers, and news magazines. Professor Mashaw is a founding member and past President of the National Academy of Social Insurance. John Pakutka is managing director of The Crescent Group, an advisory services firm with expertise in healthcare management, policy, and litigation. Firm clients have included Fortune 500 companies, Global 100 law firms, health systems, investment banks, state governments, and the United States Department of Justice. Prior to founding The Crescent Group, he worked for Exxon/Reliance Electric, the United States Government Accountability Office, Yale University, and APM/Computer Sciences Corporation. He has served on numerous public and non-profit boards and commissions, most recently the Connecticut State Legislature's Task Force on Small Business Health Costs and the Citizenship Fund of the Connecticut Secretary of the State. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell and a MA in public and private management from Yale, where he lectures annually in the Product Planning class at the School of Management.


Part 1: American Social Insurance 1. Economic Risks and Social Insurance Realities 2. Assessment of the Six Threats to Family Income 3. Philosophies, Policies and Public Budgets 4. The Historical Development of American Social Insurance and its Associated Programs Part II: The State of American Protections Against the Threats 5. The Threat of Birth into a Poor Family 6. The Threat of Early Death of a Family Breadwinner 7. The Threat of Ill-Health 8. The Threat of Involuntary Employment 9. The Threat of Disability 10. The Threat of Outliving One's Savings Part III: Thinking About the Design of Income Security Programs and Their Reform 11. Accomplishments and Limitations 12. Social Insurance, Markets and "Modernization"

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781452240008
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9781452240008
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 1452240000

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