Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980 Paperback – 28 Feb 1986
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Argues that the ambitious social programmes of the Great Society designed to help the poor and disadvantaged not only did not accomplish what they set out to do, but often made things worse.
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Money and status are the most influential rewards that society uses to manage behaviour. The book explains in detail the point that the welfare state reduces the economic penalty of not working by providing an income to non-workers. It also goes on to look at the often overlooked point that the welfare state has eroded the status benefits to working as well. There used to be moral approbation associated with self-reliance and to be a recipient of welfare was degrading. As the number of people on welfare has risen the stigma attached to welfare and the status benefit of working have both decreased. We have similarly lost the useful distinction between the deserving poor and the undeserving poor.
Although the book was written in 1984 it remains relevant today. The number of people claiming welfare benefits continues to grow despite economic growth, so we are still losing ground.
The book does not cover workfare. For a discussion of workfare from the 1980s see Beyond Entitlement by Laurence M. Mead.