The Missing Middle by Theda Skocpol
Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy (Century Foundation Books (Brookings Hardcover))

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In her look at how America's social policy has been hijacked by a rhetoric of extremes, Theda Skocpol examines a problem also pertinent to European government. Politicians and advocates argue over programmes for the very poor or tax cuts for the very rich, worrying over the costs of providing for the elderly and pushing programmes that help children without helping their parents. With the spolight on the youngest, the oldest, the richest and the poorest, rarely do we find policies concerned with the people in what Skocpol calls the "missing middle" - the average working parents of modest means on whom society depends. Skocpol draws us into the history of the startling trend and reveals the polarised and fragmented debates that dominate public life today. Taking lessons from the most successful social efforts in the past, she identifies ways the missing middle can reclaim social policy and offers new goals for democracy in the 21st century.
 

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Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association.Vanessa Williamson is a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University. Previously, she served as the Policy Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association.Vanessa Williamson is a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University. Previously, she served as the Policy Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. 207 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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But she convincingly indicts our often plutocratic, sound-bite-oriented political system for failing the middle class, and offers a strategy for effecting broad changes in social policy for the first time since the short-lived efforts to create a “Great Society” during the mid-1960s.

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In a sophisticated analysis, Skocpol argues that the conservative far right has, with malice aforethought, undermined the major social programs in America by limiting their benefits to a small percentage of the population, making them vulnerable to attack in budget battles, or, alternatively, by ...

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