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The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State

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The definitive examination of social welfare in America, hailed as "a tour de force" (William Julius Wilson) The culmination of twenty years of research and writing, The Price of Citizenship traces the evolution of the welfare state from colonial relief programs to the war on poverty to our own age of "compassionate conservatism." Historian Michael B. Katz argues that in the last decades three great forces-a ferocious war on dependence; the devolution of authority from the federal government to the states; and the application of market models to social policy-have affected every element of the social contract and redefined both Republican and Democratic policy and rhetoric. Katz shows how these changes are propelling America toward a future of increased inequality and decreased security, while transforming citizenship from a right of birth to a privilege reserved for the fully employed. A magisterial overview, incisive and bold, The Price of Citizenship is a new and indispensable classic work on American social policy.

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The culmination of twenty years of research and writing, The Price of Citizenship traces the evolution of the welfare state from colonial relief programs to the war on poverty to our own age of "compassionate conservatism." Historian Michael B. Katz argues that in the last decades three great forces-a ferocious war on dependence; the devolution of authority from the federal government to the states; and the application of market models to social policy-have affected every element of the social contract and redefined both Republican and Democratic policy and rhetoric. Katz shows how these changes are propelling America toward a future of increased inequality and decreased security, while transforming citizenship from a right of birth to a privilege reserved for the fully employed.

A magisterial overview, incisive and bold, The Price of Citizenship is a new and indispensable classic work on American social policy.

About the Author

Michael B. Katz is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of ten books, including The Underserving Poor and In the Shadow of the Poorhouse. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Oquossoc, Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805069297
Subtitle:
Redefining the American Welfare State
Author:
Katz, Michael B.
Author:
Katz, Michael B.
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Civics
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Publication Date:
20020301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.20x6.40x.84 in. 1.14 lbs.

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The culmination of twenty years of research and writing, The Price of Citizenship traces the evolution of the welfare state from colonial relief programs to the war on poverty to our own age of "compassionate conservatism." Historian Michael B. Katz argues that in the last decades three great forces-a ferocious war on dependence; the devolution of authority from the federal government to the states; and the application of market models to social policy-have affected every element of the social contract and redefined both Republican and Democratic policy and rhetoric. Katz shows how these changes are propelling America toward a future of increased inequality and decreased security, while transforming citizenship from a right of birth to a privilege reserved for the fully employed.

A magisterial overview, incisive and bold, The Price of Citizenship is a new and indispensable classic work on American social policy.

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