Illusions of Prosperity: Americas Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity

Paperback | January 15, 2001

byJoel Blau

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Faith in the free market--the idea that profit seeking, managed care companies will improve the health care delivery system--has become a hot topic in the public policy debate. But, as Joel Blau demonstrates in this splendid work, so-called "free market" programs have been a dismal failure.Here, he launches a far-reaching assault on the idea that "the market" knows best. He looks at recent reforms in NAFTA, education, job training, welfare, and much more, showing that the new social policies have made matters worse and calling for a stronger, more caring government to counter thedebilitating effects of the market. He also urges the development of the broadest possible political alliances to ensure economic security. Sure to raise controversy, this book turns today's conventional wisdom inside out, making a profound case for the importance of a strong government in a worldwhere markets do not have all the answers.

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Faith in the free market--the idea that profit seeking, managed care companies will improve the health care delivery system--has become a hot topic in the public policy debate. But, as Joel Blau demonstrates in this splendid work, so-called "free market" programs have been a dismal failure.Here, he launches a far-reaching assault on th...

Joel Blau is an Associate Professor, and Director of the Ph.D. Program, at the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of The Visible Poor: Homelessness in the United States. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.58 × 5.59 × 0.79 inPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Blau's analysis is rigorous, readable, and prophetic. It should be widely consulted."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare