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The Enabling State : Modern Welfare Capitalism in America - Neil Gilbert

The Enabling State

Modern Welfare Capitalism in America

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Published: 19th October 1989
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Over the last two decades new arrangements have emerged for the finance and delivery of social welfare in the United States and other industrial democracies. Moving beyond the conventional paradigm of the welfare state, these arrangements form an alternative model. This study details a fresh vision of social welfare transfers--how they are delivered, and whom they benefit. The authors explore the use of private enterprise and market-oriented approaches to the delivery of social provisions, and examine how welfare benefits are derived from the full range of modern social transfers including tax expenditures, credit subsidies, and those induced by regulatory activity. Reappraising the modern boundaries of social welfare, this book provides insights into the structure and dynamics of a novel social model that will open new avenues for scientific study and public debate.

"A thorough, sophisticated account of the transformation of the welfare state in the United States. The Enabling State is the most mature effort available, and should prove useful both to policymakers and students of human services and political economics. In an area strewn with ideology, the Gilberts have succeeded in offering a sober assessment of how the welfare state has changed dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the past few decades...a first-rate understanding of the intricacies of modern welfare capitalism...a model of excellent social science research."--Society "[An] excellent book. It puts the American Welfare State in perspective as a public-private venture as well as addressing the complexity of the American Welfare State and community compared to its European counterparts."--David A. Hardcastle, University of Maryland, Baltimore "A thorough, sophisticated account of the transformation of the welfare state in the United States. The Enabling State is the most mature effort available, and should prove useful both to policymakers and students of human services and political economics. In an area strewn with ideology, the Gilberts have succeeded in offering a sober assessment of how the welfare state has changed dramatically in the twentieth century, especially in the past few decades...a first-rate understanding of the intricacies of modern welfare capitalism...a model of excellent social science research."--Society "[An] excellent book. It puts the American Welfare State in perspective as a public-private venture as well as addressing the complexity of the American Welfare State and community compared to its European counterparts."--David A. Hardcastle, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
The Structure of Social Welfarep. 3
The Welfare-Capitalism Paradigmp. 5
Scope of Social Welfare Transfersp. 9
Decentralization, Privatization, and Commercialization: Shifting Responsibilitiesp. 22
Commercialization of the Social Marketp. 32
Impetus for Commercializationp. 35
Does It Work? Issues of Cost, Care, and Preferencep. 41
Indirect Subsidies: Who Benefits?p. 47
Personal Social Services: Caring for Profitp. 54
Changing Balance of Federal and State Responsibilityp. 55
Public Finance, Private Deliveryp. 61
The "Caring" Workplacep. 66
Shaping Demand and Supplyp. 69
Income Maintenance: Indirect Methods and Private Obligationsp. 78
Growth of Indirect Provisionsp. 80
Retirement Income: The Public/Private Balancep. 84
Public Assistance and Private Obligationsp. 89
In Support of the Working Poorp. 94
Asset Maintenance: The Special Case of Farm Welfarep. 101
Public Transfers to Farmersp. 101
Farmers' Welfare: An Estimate of Costsp. 103
Beneficiaries of Farm Welfarep. 112
Asset Maintenance: Why Special Protection for Farmers?p. 116
Health Care: Cost Containment and the Service Ethosp. 122
Health Care Transfers and Coveragep. 123
The Growing Corporate Presencep. 126
Joining Insurance and Deliveryp. 130
Cost Control and Quality: Shifting the Burdenp. 133
Housing: A Joint Venturep. 140
Housing Performance: Standards and Affordabilityp. 142
Housing Transfers: Direct, Indirect, and Regulatory Measuresp. 146
Commercialization of Housing Policyp. 155
The Enabling State: Public Support for Private Responsibilityp. 163
Education: A Sector Ripe for Changep. 163
A Functional Model of the Enabling Statep. 171
Constructive Tensions: Accommodating Public and Private Initiativesp. 184
Implications for the Comparative Study of Social Welfarep. 190
Broadening the Conceptual Scope of Comparative Analysisp. 192
Need, Expenditure, and Tax: Constructing the NET Indexp. 197
Ranking Welfare Effort: Alternative Measuresp. 201
Appendixp. 207
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780195058949
ISBN-10: 0195058941
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 19th October 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.46