Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States

Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States

by James W. Russell

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In Double Standard, James W. Russell shows how and why different models of social and welfare policy developed in the United States and Europe. The third edition comparatively examines how Europe and the United States have handled common social problems such as poverty, inequality, unemployment, family support, health care provision, ethnic and racial conflict, and crime. These different social policy orientations have produced disparate social ways of life, ways of life that are now in contention for the future of Western societies.

Retaining its exceptionally clear exposition of the relationship between social policy and the history of social thought, social theory, and political ideology, the third edition contains new material on:
·The Affordable Care Act in the United States compared to European health care programs
·The influence of Milton Friedman on the reduction of social spending and privatization of social programs
·Paid vacation differences between Europe and the United States
·A new Afterword on the continuing social effects of the 2008 recession (the “Great Recession”) in Europe and the United States
·A thorough updating of statistical information

The third edition of Double Standard is a thought-provoking and up-to-date exploration of the distinctive differences in social policy in the U.S. and Europe that helps students approach key issues through a new perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538103340
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James W. Russell is Connecticut State University Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the author of seven other books, including Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis.

Table of Contents

Note to the Third Edition
1. Introduction: From Social Problems to Social Policies
2. The Social Worldview of Medieval Christianity as Prologue
3. Secular Transitions and Assumptions
4. Marx, Durkheim, and the Limits of Laissez-Faire Capitalism
5. From Theory to Ideology
6. The Origins of Social Policy in Europe and the United States
7. Alternative Approaches to Social Policy
8. Social Cohesion and Inequality
9. Poverty
10. Unemployment: The Sword of Damocles
11. Support for Child Raising
12. Support for the Aged
13. Health Care
14. Ethnic and Racial Policy
15. Incarceration as Social Policy
16. Summary: Principles for Progressive Social Policy
Afterword: Social Impacts of the Great Recession in Europe and the United States
About the Author

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