Health care, welfare, Social Security, employment programs--all are part of ongoing national debates about the future of social policy in the United States. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Theda Skocpol shows how historical understanding, centered on governmental institutions and political alliances, can illuminate the limits and possibilities of American social policymaking both past and present. Skocpol dispels the myth that Americans are inherently hostile to social spending and suggests why President Clinton's health care agenda was so quickly attacked despite the support of most Americans for his goals.
Theda Skocpol is Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Among her many works are Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States and States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: American Social Policies: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective3Ch. 1State Formation and Social Policy in the United States11Ch. 2America's First Social Security System: The Expansion of Benefits for Civil War Veterans37Ch. 3Gender and the Origins of Modern Social Policies in Britain and the United States72Ch. 4The Road to Social Security136Ch. 5Redefining the New Deal: World War II and the Development of Social Provision in the United States167Ch. 6The Limits of the New Deal System and the Roots of Contemporary Welfare Dilemmas209Ch. 7"Brother Can You Spare a Job?" Work and Welfare in the United States228Ch. 8Targeting within Universalism: Politically Viable Policies to Combat Poverty in the United States250Ch. 9Is the Time Finally Ripe? Health Insurance Reforms in the 1990s275Ch. 10From Social Security to Health Security?293Conclusion: Remaking U.S. Social Policies for the 21st Century297Index313