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Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States / Edition 2

Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States / Edition 2

by James W. Russell
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In the second edition of Double Standard, James W. Russell shows how and why different models of social and welfare policy developed in the United States and Europe. Fully updated, the second edition comparatively examines how Europe and the United States have handled common social problems such as poverty, inequality, unemployment, family support, health care provision, ethnic and racial conflict, and crime. These different social policy orientations have produced disparate social ways of life, ways of life that are now in contention for the future of Western societies.

This new edition includes the latest available statistical information as well as an analysis of health care reform in the United States. The book also compares the social consequences of the latest recession in Europe and the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442206588
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James W. Russell is Connecticut State University Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Table of Contents

Note to the Second Edition vii

Preface ix

1 Introduction: From Social Problems to Social Policies 1

2 The Social Worldview of Medieval Christianity as Prologue 7

3 Secular Transitions and Assumptions 13

4 Marx, Durkheim, and the Limits of Laissez-Faire Capitalism 25

5 From Theory to Ideology 35

6 The Origins of Social Policy in Europe and the United States 43

7 Alternative Approaches to Social Policy 53

8 Social Cohesion and Inequality 63

9 Poverty 75

10 Unemployment: The Sword of Damocles 87

11 Support for Child Raising 103

12 Support for the Aged 115

13 Health Care 123

14 Ethnic and Racial Policy 133

15 Incarceration as Social Policy 149

16 Summary: Principles for Progressive Social Policy 153

Afterword: Social Impacts of the Great Recession in Europe and the United States 159

Notes 163

Bibliography 177

Index 185

About the Author 195

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