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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it$
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Frank Stricker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882290_stricker

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Cutting Poverty or Cutting Welfare

Cutting Poverty or Cutting Welfare

Conservatives Attack Liberalism

(p.157) Chapter Eight Cutting Poverty or Cutting Welfare
Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it

Frank Stricker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the clash between liberalism and conservatism over poverty and welfare in the United States from the 1970s to the 1990s, focusing on personalities such as Martin Anderson, William Julius Wilson, Lawrence Mead, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Bill Moyers. After explaining the factors that contributed to the resurgence of conservatism, including the economic crisis of the 1970s, it looks at three important books on poverty: George Gilder's Wealth and Poverty (1981), Ken Auletta's The Underclass (1982), and Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward's The New Class War: Reagan's Attack on the Welfare State and Its Consequences (1982). In addition, the chapter compares the views expressed by Charles Murray and Michael Harrington in their books Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950–1980 (1984) and The Other America (1962), respectively.

Keywords:   liberalism, poverty, welfare, United States, Martin Anderson, William Julius Wilson, Lawrence Mead, conservatism, Charles Murray, Michael Harrington

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