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Domestic Policies after Reagan

Alvin L. Schorr; with a chpater by James Comer

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Planner, educator, and activist Alvin Schorr presents an incisive critique of America's social policies under the Reagan administration and offers clear, reasonable, and workable proposals for improving our policies in such areas as income distribution, housing, health, and education—proposals in pursuit of the goal of "common decency" for all Americans.
 

"Alvin Schorr's book is recommended highly as a collection of five exceptionally well-written, thoughtful, and extensively documented policy essays."—Alfred J. Kahn, Social Work

 

"A wide-ranging, well-informed review. . . . It exposes readers to a rich amount of material and to a modern, liberal perspective on how to move the country toward a more humane society."—Robert I. Lerman, Political Science Quarterly

 

"Schorr's agenda deserves serious consideration in future debates on national social policy."—Library Journal

 

"After Reagan, in a political climate more receptive to sensible social policy, liberals will badly need clearly articulated goals and technically sound devices to achieve them. Alvin Schorr's stress upon full employment and universal benefits is admirably complemented by ingenious new devices and careful estimates of their cost. Here is a realistic social agenda for the Democratic party's 1988 presidential campaign."—Robert Lekachman, Professor of Economics, Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York

"A masterful work of policy analysis. Schorr brings penetrating insights and humanistic sympathies to bear on the central issues in social welfare policy."—Neil Gilbert
 
 

 
 


 
 

 

 

 
 



 

"After Reagan, in a political climate more receptive to sensible social policy, liberals will badly need clearly articulated goals and technically sound devices to achieve them. Alvin Schorr's stress upon full employment and universal benefits is admirably complemented by ingenious new devices and careful estimates of their cost. Here is a realistic social agenda for the Democratic party's 1988 presidential campaign."—Robert Lekachman, Professor of Economics, Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York

"Schorr's agenda deserves serious consideration in future debates on national social policy."—Library Journal

"After Reagen, in a political climate more receptive to sensible social policy, liberals will badly need clearly articulated goals and technically sound devices to achieve them. Alvin Schorr's stress upon full employment and universal benefits is admirably complemented by ingenious new devices and careful estimates of their cost. Here is a realistic social agenda for the Democratic party's 1988 presidential campaign."—Robert Lekachman, Professor of Economics, Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York

"A wide-ranging, well-informed review of income maintenance, housing, health, and education policies. . . . It exposes readers to a rich amount of material and to a modern, liberal perspective on how to move the country toward a more humane society."—Robert I. Lerman, Political Science Quarterly
 

"Common Decency is a provocative and stimulating discussion."—Alan Shank, Perspective

"Schorr lays out a super-liberal reformist program for the post-Reagan era that will bring a warm smile to those who had feared that liberal reformism had been discredited."—Jay A. Sigler, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science

"The best compact single-volume study of contemporary issues in U.S. social programs."—S.M. Miller, Social Science Quarterly

"It exposes readers to a rich amount of material and to a modern, liberal perspective on how to move the country toward a more humane society."—Robert I. Lerman, Political Science Quarterly

"Alvin Schorr's book is recommended highly as a collection of five exceptionally well-written, thoughtful, and extensively documented policy essays on social insurance, the income problems of poor families with children, housing, medical care, and education. The introductory and concluding chapters offer context, principles, and summary."—Alfred J. Kahn, Social Work

"Insightful on issues from housing and health care to education and income security. And how the divide has grown between those better off and those not."—Newsday

"Common Decency is a timely arrival now that Bush has won. The author looks t social policies under Reagan, and offers working proposals for improving income distribution, housing, health, and education — all issues of great importance to millions of Americans."—Kiernan Nally, Irish Independent

 "It is well informed and cognizant of the sources of failure of so much of the current welfare state in America. . . . This is a book closer to practical politics than to political theory."—Ethics
 
ISBN: 9780300042146
Publication Date: July 27, 1988
246 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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