The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income And U.s. Social Policy by Edward D. BerkowitzThe Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income And U.s. Social Policy by Edward D. Berkowitz

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income And U.s. Social Policy

byEdward D. Berkowitz, Larry DeWitt

Hardcover | June 20, 2013

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The Other Welfare offers the first comprehensive history of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), from its origins as part of President Nixon's daring social reform efforts to its pivotal role in the politics of the Clinton administration. Enacted into law in 1972, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) marked the culmination of liberal social and economic policies that began during the New Deal. The new program provided cash benefits to needy elderly, blind, and disabled individuals. Because of the complex character of SSI—marking both the high tide of the Great Society and the beginning of the retrenchment of the welfare state—it provides the perfect subject for assessing the development of the American state in the late twentieth century.SSI was launched with the hope of freeing welfare programs from social and political stigma; it instead became a source of controversy almost from its very start. Intended as a program that paid uniform benefits across the nation, it ended up replicating many of the state-by-state differences that characterized the American welfare state. Begun as a program intended to provide income for the elderly, SSI evolved into a program that served people with disabilities, becoming a primary source of financial aid for the de-institutionalized mentally ill and a principal support for children with disabilities.Written by a leading historian of America's welfare state and the former chief historian of the Social Security Administration, The Other Welfare illuminates the course of modern social policy. Using documents previously unavailable to researchers, the authors delve into SSI’s transformation from the idealistic intentions of its founders to the realities of its performance in America’s highly splintered political system. In telling this important and overlooked history, this book alters the conventional wisdom about the development of American social welfare policy.

Edward D. Berkowitz is Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. He is the author of several books, including Mass Appeal: The Formative Age of the Movies, Radio, and TV and Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies as well as many books and articles o...
Title:The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income And U.s. Social PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.91 inPublished:June 20, 2013Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Creating a New Welfare Program: The Politics of Welfare and Social Security Reform in the Nixon Administration2. A Year in Transition: Why Planning for the New Program Became Difficult3. Launching the Program: Why the Program Began Badly4. The Emergence of a Disability Program: How the Program's Fundamental Identity Changed5. The Continuing Disability Reviews: How the Politics of Controversy Hindered the Program6. The Courts and Other Sources of Program Growth: How the Program Expanded in a Conservative Age7. The Welfare Reform of 1996: How the Program Became Swept Up in the Narrative of Welfare Fraud and Abuse8. Post-1996 Developments: A Brief PostscriptConclusionNotes

Editorial Reviews

"Calling The Other Welfare one of the best histories of a U.S. social program would be true, but that would not be strong enough praise. This book offers readers a valuable window on the entire American welfare state during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The authors pay careful attention to all three branches of government, as well as developments at the state and local levels. Edward D. Berkowitz and Larry DeWitt take a relatively unknown social program and make its history seem absolutely central to the history of U.S. social policy." - Christopher D. Howard, College of William & Mary, author of The Welfare State Nobody Knows: Debunking Myths about U.S. Social Policy