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Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public…

Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare

by Frances Fox Piven, Richard A. Cloward

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classic...very important ( )
  clarkland | Dec 17, 2014 |
I read this book as an undergrad and my lasting impression is that it went on forever. As a resource on poverty and the welfare system, this book can't be beat. It's worth the time but is so chock full of information that it warrants more than one glance. ( )
  WabiWasabi | Feb 27, 2008 |
Though politically committed, it seems impressive in its historical scope. ( )
  rogerbelling | May 28, 2007 |
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Piven and Cloward have updated their classic work on the history and function of welfare to cover the American welfare state's massive erosion during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. The authors present a boldly comprehensive, brilliant new theory to explain the comparative underdevelopment of the U.S. welfare state among advanced industrial nations. Their conceptual framework promises to shape the debate within current and future administrations as they attempt to rethink the welfare system and its role in American society. "Uncompromising and provocative....By mixing history, political interpretation and sociological analysis, Piven and Cloward provide the best explanation to date of our present situation...no future discussion of welfare can afford to ignore them." --Peter Steinfels, The New York Times Book Review… (more)

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