The Enabling State

The Enabling State : Modern Welfare Capitalism in America

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Studies of the welfare state have formed an important part of public policy research in America since the Second World War. The Enabling State reconsiders the scope of social welfare transfers, how they are delivered, and whom they benefit. In addition to presenting an analysis of direct public expenditures, the authors examine how welfare benefits are derived from the full range of modern social transfers, including tax expenditures, credit subsidies, and those induced by regulatory activity. The work also provides an account of the effect of the 'commercialization of social welfare', that is, increased public reliance on private enterprise and market-orientated projects for its welfare provisions.show more

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  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 148.8 x 225.6 x 20.6mm | 502.62g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • tables throughout
  • 0195058941
  • 9780195058949

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A thorough, sophisticated account of the transformation of the welfare state in the United States. The Enabling State is the most mature effort available, and should prove useful both to policymakers and students of human services and political economics. In an area strewn with ideology, the Gilberts have succeeded in offering a sober assessment of how the welfare state has changed dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the past few decades...a first-rate understanding of the intricacies of modern welfare capitalism...a model of excellent social science research. * Society *show more

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