Regulating the Poor by Frances Fox Piven
The Functions of Public Welfare

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Piven and Cloward have updated their classic work on the history and function of welfare to cover the American welfare state's massive erosion during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. The authors present a boldly comprehensive, brilliant new theory to explain the comparative underdevelopment of the U.S. welfare state among advanced industrial nations. Their conceptual framework promises to shape the debate within current and future administrations as they attempt to rethink the welfare system and its role in American society.

"Uncompromising and provocative....By mixing history, political interpretation and sociological analysis, Piven and Cloward provide the best explanation to date of our present future discussion of welfare can afford to ignore them."
—Peter Steinfels, The New York Times Book Review

About Frances Fox Piven

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Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School, City University of New York. She is coeditor of "Work, Welfare and Politics". Her other award-winning books include "Regulating the Poor, Why Americans Don't Vote", and "Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail "(all with Richard Cloward).
Published February 8, 2012 by Vintage. 544 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The authors begin with a synopsis of poor relief as a method of enforcing low-wage work during stable periods in European history and pre-Depression America and analyze Federal, state and local New Deal relief programs: turbulence led to big, direct federal relief, which was turned into work reli...

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Originally published in 1971, this social science classic outlines the social functions of welfare programs.

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