Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States

Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States

by James W. Russell

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In Double Standard, James W. Russell shows how and why different models of social and welfare policy developed in the United States and Europe. The fourth edition has been revised and updated throughout to reflect recent political developments that are having significant policy consequences, including the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. The fourth edition also features additional material on Karl Polanyi, European party politics, disability policy, and more.

Part One, "The Development of Social Policy," discusses the factors that contributed to the different shapes of social policy in the U.S. and Europe. Part Two, "Key Social Policies," considers how different counties have handled commons social problems including poverty, unemployment, child and family support, retirement and disability, health care, race and immigration, and incarceration. 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538103340
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James W. Russell is adjunct professor of political science at Portland State University, Hatfield School of Government. He previously served as University Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University and is author of eight books, including Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis. He is a regular blogger at the Huffington Post.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Social Problems to Social Policies Part I: The Development of Social Policy 1 The Social Worldview of Medieval Christianity as Prologue 2 Secular Transitions and Assumptions 3 The Limits of Laissez-Faire Capitalism 4 From Theory to Ideology and Politics 5 Origins of Social Policy in Europe and the United States 6 Comparative Welfare States Part II: Key Social Policies 7 Inequality and Social Cohesion 8 Poverty 9 Unemployment: The Sword of Damocles 10 Support for Child Raising and Education 11 Retirement and Disability 12 Health Care 13 Race and Immigration 14 Incarceration as Social Policy Summary: Principles for Progressive Social Policy

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