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Budgeting Entitlements


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Preface and Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Budget Politics and Welfare Politics 2. Model Behavior: Th Problems of Costs and the Forms of Budget Control 3. Stamping In: Discretionary Budgeting and the Origins of the Food Stamp Program, 1964-1973 4. Caps On: Entitlement Budgeting and the Politics of Uncontrollable Food Stamp Spending, 1974-1977 5. Cap Sizes: Food Stamp Budget Caps under Unified Partisan Control, 1978-1980 6. Top Hats: Food Stamp Budget Caps under Divided Partisan Control, 1981-1984 7. Caps Off: The Repeal of Food Stamp Budget Caps in an Era of Fiscal Constraint, 1985-1990 8. Old Hat: The Return of Entitlement Politics and the Revival of Budget Cap Proposals, 1991-1994 9. Block HeadsL Food Stamp Budget Control and the Politics of Welfare Reform, 1995-1996 10. Re-Caps: Food Stamps and Budget Rules in Retrospect and Prospect AppendixFood Stamp Program, Fiscal Years 1961-1998, Authorization Ceilings, Appropriations, and Outlays Index

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Essential reading for scholars, policymakers, and citizens concerned about the future of the welfare state. -- Michael K. Brown, University of California, Santa Cruz An exemplary book of political analysis, one that uses the Food Stamp program to illustrate the clash between the aims of budgeting and the aims of welfare policy, and at the same time illuminates more generally how institutions shape policy results. -- Theodore R. Marmor, Yale University School of Management King offers an insightful look at the politics and budgeting of a specific entitlement program in the United States.

About the Author

Ronald F. King is a professor of political science at Tulane University and author of Money, Time and Politics: Investment Tax Subsidies and American Democracy(1993).


One of the best works so far in integrating budgeting into the general study of the American welfare state. American Politics A work of interest and usefulness not only to scholars of publc policy but to graduate and undergraduate college students and even to the general reader who wishes to know more about the inner workings of government policy. Social Service Review

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