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What is Social Policy?
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Table of Contents

List of Tables vi

Preface & Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

1 Social Policy and the Welfare State 9

2 The United States in International Context 44

3 Welfare State Development 66

4 Retrenchment and Restructuring 93

5 Looking Challenges 120

Conclusion 151

Notes 157

References 161

About the Author

Daniel Beland isProfessor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University ofSaskatchewan

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Sets out a complete dossier of information in order tounderstand the origins, evolution and current challenges of thewelfare state and social policy in North American societiescompared with other western countries. International Sociology "The best brief account of US welfare available. Highlyrecommended." Choice "It has been quipped that on of the last bastions of British Empirehas been the introductory social policy textbook and that mighthave been so: until now. Daniel Beland has finally breachedthat bastion." Journal of Social Policy "In this important and well-researched book, DanielBeland examines the American welfare state in both acomparative and a historical context. What is Social Policy?Understanding the Welfare State explains in clear language howsocial programs protect individuals and families againstfluctuations in the economy and changing risks that occur acrossthe life course. From health care to unemployment insurance toold-age pensions, Beland makes a compelling case for why thewelfare state is significant in shaping lives and reducinginequality." Jill Quadagno, Florida State University and author of OneNation, Uninsured "Ambitious in scope yet admirably concise ... DanielBeland has written a very good introduction to U.S. socialpolicy, one that is particularly well-suited to undergraduates andgeneral readers." Christopher Howard, College of William and Mary,Virginia

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