The New Welfare Consensus: Ideological, Political, and Social Origins

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 Discusses the conservative ideological and political attack on welfare in the United States.
Families on welfare in the United States are the target of much public indignation from not only the general public but also political figures and the very workers whose job it is to help the poor. The question is, What explains this animus and, more specifically, the failure of the United States to prioritize a sufficient social wage for poor families outside of labor markets? The New Welfare Consensus offers a comprehensive look at welfare in the United States and how it has evolved in the last few decades. Darren Barany examines the origins of American antiwelfarism and traces how, over time, fundamentally conservative ideas became the dominant way of thinking about the welfare state, work, family, and personal responsibility, resulting in a paternalistic and stingy system of welfare programs.

“This book provides a skilled analysis of the conservative ideology about the welfare state. By analyzing the different strands of conservative thought, Barany shows how this ideology developed and converged into its contemporary form.” — Joel Blau, author of The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy, Fourth Edition
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About the author

 Darren Barany is Assistant Professor of Sociology at LaGuardia Community College, the City University of New York.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Aug 1, 2018
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Pages
308
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ISBN
9781438470566
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
Social Science / Human Services
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