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Welfare in America

William Plowden, 11 July 1991

American Social Welfare Policy: A Structural Approach 
by Howard Karger and David Stoesz.
Longman, 371 pp., £18.95, November 1990, 0 8013 0193 9
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America’s Misunderstood Welfare State 
by Theodore Marmor, Jerry Mashaw and Philip Harvey.
Basic Books, 268 pp., $22.95, October 1990, 9780465001224
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The American Prospect 
edited by Paul Starr and Robert Kuttner.
New Prospect, 168 pp., $31
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... Money well targeted is crucial.’ Much of the historical background to all this is documented by Karger and Stoesz. Their conclusion is ruefully pessimistic. They note that ‘the welfare state has served as the perfect “fall guy” for those who are displeased with government social programs,’ and foresee a broadly conservative orientation to US social ...

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