The Assault on Social Policy

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William Roth and Susan J. Peters. Foreword by Bernie Sanders

Columbia University Press

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The Assault on Social Policy

Second Edition

William Roth and Susan J. Peters. Foreword by Bernie Sanders

Columbia University Press

Based on incisive analyses of economic globalization, class, politics, and bureaucracy, The Assault on Social Policy examines the ordinary speech used to make poverty and extreme inequality seem acceptable, the corporate strategies co-opting the distribution of wealth and other resources, and the negative effect of these efforts on our more vulnerable citizens, such as those with disabilities, incarcerated individuals, children, and the elderly. This second edition incorporates new research on the hotly contested policies dealing with poverty, welfare, disability, social security, and health care. It also takes stock of the ongoing effects of globalization and adds a chapter on education.
The Assault on Social Policy depicts how the welfare state has succumbed to the private sector and is being increasingly dismantled by capitalism and return-on-investment principles. When such issues of poverty, health, disabilities, school failure, and immigration are juxtaposed against this backdrop, penetrating analyses of root causes emerge. Katharine Briar-Lawson, dean, School of Social Welfare, State University of New York, Albany
This book confronts the reader with the possibilities, illusions, and limits of social policy, forcing us to choose for whom and for what. Henry M. Levin, Teachers College, Columbia University
The Assault on Social Policy is even more relevant today, in its second edition, than it was ten years ago. In the first edition, William Roth investigated poverty, welfare, health, the social security system, and disability in children. I was impressed then, and I am impressed now by his analysis of economic politics, the role of corporations in shaping public life, the media, and the globalization of our economic policies. Roth and Susan J. Peters elevate the debate regarding social policy at the present critical historical hour. In my view, they have written an impressive book that should be read by all members of Congress and anyone who is concerned with the well-being of our basic democratic institutions. Bernie Sanders, Independent United States Senator, Vermont
Foreword by Senator Bernie Sanders
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Policy
2. Corporations
3. Poverty
4. Welfare
5. Disability
6. Social Security
7. Health
8. Children
9. Education
10. Outsiders
11. Democratic Change
Notes
Index

About the Author

William Roth is a Vincent O'Leary Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany, where he established and directed the Center for Computing and Disability. He has published a memoir, Movement: A Memoir of Disability, Cancer, and the Holocaust, among other books.

Susan J. Peters is associate professor emeritus at Michigan State University. Among her publications, her book Inclusive Education: Achieving Education for All by Including Those with Disabilities and Special Education Needs has been translated into twelve languages.