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Social Policy and the Conservative Agenda

  • ID: 2246515
  • Book
  • January 1998
  • 340 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In the past quarter–century, conservatives in the U. S. have implemented a policy agenda featuring balanced budgets, lower taxes, fewer social programs, and family values. This book examines the impact of this campaign on contemporary public policy, and on the future of social justice and democracy. Leading experts on social welfare, social security, housing and urban development, health care, and economic policy, review these developments, and analyze the impact of the conservative agenda, particularly on the Clinton administration.

In this comprehensive collection of new essays, the conservative notion that dependency on government is the fundamental problem plaguing America, is challenged. On the contrary, the contributors find that conservative policies only lead to a cycle of recision. The effort to balance the budget, sustained military expenditure, the devolution of social programs, and welfare reform have lead to increased poverty and a future cost to society.

Included in this collection are leading experts on social and economic policy including Zillah Eisenstein, Frances Fox Piven, Ann Markusen, Harvey Molotch, James Petras, Jill Quadagno, Judith Stacey and Ron Walters.

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Introduction: What Went Right?.

Why the Clinton Administration Did Not Alter The Conservative Trajectory in Federal Policy: Michael Schwartz (SUNY–Stony Brook).

Part I: Welfare, Social Security, and the State of Austerity:.

1. Welfare and the Transformation of American Politics: Frances Fox Piven (CUNY–Graduate Center).

2. The Democratic Party and the Politics of Welfare Reform: Ron Walters (University of Maryland).

3. Urban America: Crushed in the Growth Machine: Harvey Molotch (University of California, Santa Barbara).

4. Rhetoric, Recision, and Reaction: The Development of Homelessness Policy: Cynthia Bogard (Hofstra), and J. Jeff McConnell (SUNY–Stony Brook).

5. Social Security Policy and the Entitlement Debate: The New American Exceptionalism: Jill Quadagno (Florida State University).

Part II: Welfare–Warfare Spending, Technology, and the Global Economy:.

6. Wealth and Poverty in the National Economy: The Domestic Foundations of Clinton′s Global Policy: Morris Morley (Macquarie University) and James Petras (SUNY – Binghampton).

7. America′s Military Industrial Make–Over: Ann Markusen (Council on Foreign Relations).

8. Big Missions and Big Business: Military and Corporate Dominance of Federal Science Policy: Gregory Hooks (Washington State) and Gregory McLauchlan (University of Oregon).

9. Active–competitive Industrial Policy: From Elite Project to Logics of Action: J. Kenneth Benson and Nick Paretsky (University of Missouri).

10. Where Are All the Democrats?The Limits of Economic Policy Reform: Patrick Akard (Skidmore College).

11. Failure of Health–Care Reform: The Role of Big Business in Policy Formation: Beth Mintz (University of Vermont).

Part III: Acting Out Conservative Ideology:.

12. The Malignant Masses on CNN: Media Use of Public Opinion Polls to Fabricate the "Conservative Majority" against Health–Care Reform: Clarence Y. H. Lo (University of Missouri).

13. Popular Consensus or Political Extortion?Making Soldiers the Means and Ends of U. S. Military Deployments: Jerry Lee Lembcke (Holy Cross College).

14. Theorizing and Politicizing Choice in the 1996 election: Zillah Eisenstein (Ithica College).

15. The Right Family Values: Judith Stacey (University of Southern California).

16. Contradictions in the Conservative Agenda: Welfare Reform and Reproductive Politics on a Collision Course: Carole Joffe (University of California – Davis).


Business Action, Conservative Acting, and Institutional Enactment: Economic Constraints on Social Policy: Clarence Y. H. Lo (University of Missouri).

List of Contributors.


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Clarence Y. H. Lo
Michael Schwartz
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