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Description - The New Politics Of Poverty by Lawrence M. Mead

A controversial look at how the failure of most of the poor to work at all has transformed American politics, by a New York University political scientist who is a leading advocate of workfare programs.. Thirty years ago, the great national debate was how to help ordinary, workaday Americans achieve the good things in life. Today, we are preoccupied withand increasingly divided overhow to cope with the problems of poor and dependent Americans, most of whom cannot or will not work at the jobs available. Mead provides overwhelming and disturbing evidence that passive povertythe failure of most of the poor to work at allreflects defeatism more than lack of opportunity. In this controversial book, Mead proposes concrete steps to overcome the inertia of the nonworking poor trapped in the welfare system. If the poor return to work, he suggests, American politics would focus once again on the problems of the working Americans.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465050697
ISBN-10: 0465050697
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 137mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 21-Jul-1993
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lawrence M. Mead

Lawrence M. Mead is associate professor of politics at New York University. He is the author of Beyond Entitlement: The Social Obligations of Citizenship (1986), and he writes frequently for Commentary, The Public Interest, and other scholarly and general-interest publications.

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