Compared to other rich Western democracies, the U.S. does less to help its citizens adapt to the uncertainties of life in a market ecomy. In Welfare As We Knew It, Charles Noble offers a groundbreaking explanation of why America is so different. Drawing on research in comparative politics, history, and sociology, he demonstrates that deeply-rooted political factors, t public opinion, have limited what reformers have been able to accomplish. Rich historical analysis covering the Wilson administration to the present is followed by a provocative look at future U. S. social policy. Reformers who want government to do more, Noble argues, must refocus their activities on political and institutional change, such as campaign finance and labor-law reform, if they hope to succeed. Taut, comprehensive, and accessible, with a much-needed international perspective, this book will change the way we look at U. S. social policy.
Charles Noble is Professor of Political Science at California State University at Long Beach. He is the author of Liberalism at Work: The Rise and Fall of OSHA, (1989).