The Problem of Jobs
Liberalism, Race, and Deindustrialization in Philadelphia
By (author) Guian A. McKee
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Problem of Jobs by Guian A. McKee
Book DescriptionContesting claims that postwar American liberalism retreated from fights against unemployment and economic inequality, "The Problem of Jobs" reveals that such efforts did not collapse after the New Deal but instead began to flourish at the local, rather than the national, level.With a focus on Philadelphia, this volume illuminates the central role of these local political and policy struggles in shaping the fortunes of the city and its citizens alike. In the process, the book tells the remarkable story of how Philadelphia's policy makers and community activists energetically worked to challenge deindustrialization through an innovative series of job retention initiatives, training programs, inner-city business development projects, and early affirmative action programs. Without ignoring the failure of Philadelphians to combat institutionalized racism, Guian A. McKee's account of their surprising success draws a portrait of American liberalism that evinces a potency not usually associated with the postwar era. Ultimately interpreting economic decline as an arena for intervention rather than a historical inevitability, "The Problem of Jobs" serves as a timely reminder of the potential of policy to combat injustice.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226560120
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Guian A. McKee
Guian A. McKee is assistant professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.
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