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: 9781538103357
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 998,141
File size: 1 MB
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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