9780226644813

What Government Can Do : Dealing with Poverty and Inequality

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    9780226644813

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    0226644812

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

It is often said that the federal government cannot or should not attempt to address America's problems of poverty and inequality--because its bureaucracy is wasteful or its programs ineffective. But is this true? In this book, Benjamin I. Page and James R. Simmons examine a number of federal and local programs, detailing what government action already does for its citizens and assessing how efficient it is at solving the problems it seeks to address. Their conclusion, surprisingly, is the polar opposite of the prevailing rhetoric--What Government Can Do is an insightful and compelling argument that it both can and should do more.

Author Biography

Benjamin I. Page is the Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is author or coauthor of seven books, including Who Gets What from Government, The Rational Public, and Who Deliberates?, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.

James R. Simmons is a professor in and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He also directs the Public Administration Program there and has written extensively on public policy issues.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction
1(10)
The Inequality Express
1(1)
Inept or Impotent Government?
2(3)
What Can Be Done
5(3)
Plan of the Book
8(3)
Poverty and Inequality in the United States
11(21)
Economic Growth, Markets, and Americans' Incomes
11(9)
Poverty in the United States
20(5)
Income Inequality in America
25(7)
What Should Government Do?
32(44)
Theories of Government Functions
33(13)
Approaches to Poverty and Inequality
46(15)
Political and Economic Obstacles
61(13)
Overcoming the Obstacles
74(2)
Social Insurance
76(49)
Old Age and Survivors Insurance (Social Security)
78(14)
Disability Insurance
92(4)
Unemployment Insurance
96(2)
Medical Insurance
98(9)
The Politics of Social Insurance
107(9)
Improving Social Insurance
116(9)
Fair Taxes
125(34)
The Idea of Progressivity
127(7)
Federal Taxes
134(14)
State and Local Taxes
148(5)
Taxes and Inequality
153(2)
Tax Politics
155(4)
Investing in Education
159(42)
Who Should Provide Education?
161(4)
Children and Equal Opportunity
165(11)
Elementary and Secondary Schools
176(14)
Training for Work
190(1)
Higher Education
191(6)
The Politics of Education
197(2)
Improving Education
199(2)
Jobs and Good Wages
201(46)
Managing the Economy
203(7)
Jobs and Spending on Public Goods
210(4)
Job Training and Placement
214(5)
Creating Jobs
219(5)
Raising Wages
224(9)
International Economic Policy
233(8)
Job Politics
241(4)
Improving Employment and Wages
245(2)
``Safety Nets'' and Basic Needs
247(41)
Circus Imagery versus Economic Rights
247(2)
Food
249(10)
Housing
259(10)
Medical Care
269(4)
Income Maintenance
273(10)
Politics: The War against the Poor
283(2)
The Right to Basic Necessities
285(3)
Conclusion
288(21)
Programs That Work
290(3)
What Remains to Be Done
293(7)
Overcoming Political and Economic Obstacles
300(7)
Government for the People
307(2)
Notes 309(40)
References 349(32)
Index 381

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