360 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 illus., 7 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5804-2
Published: September 2007
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-8229-0
Published: February 2011
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Stricker argues that a serious public debate is needed about the job situation; social programs must be redesigned, a national health care program must be developed, and economic inequality must be addressed. He urges all sides to be honest--if we don't want to eliminate poverty, then we should say so. But if we do want to reduce poverty significantly, he says, we must expand decent jobs and government income programs, redirecting national resources away from the rich and toward those with low incomes. Why America Lost the War on Poverty--And How to Win It is sure to prompt much-needed debate on how to move forward.
About the Author
Frank Stricker is professor of history at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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"What is most powerful about Stricker's overview is how he consistently presents the political and economic decisions that have sustained poverty over a half century."--Journal of Social History
"Trac[es] poverty policy and programs in the United States from a refreshingly structuralist point of view. . . . An impressive account of the historical mechanics of poverty in the United States and a rich description of how politics and culture shape the poverty discussion and resulting policy interventions."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"No other book so effectively locates antipoverty policy right where it belongs, in America’s political economy. . . . On economic policy, Stricker is provocative and incisive."--Labor
"Frank Stricker's iconoclastic book uses historical analysis to challenge the conventional wisdom about the nature of poverty in America. This is a sobering but engrossing account of an important subject, written with scholarly authority in an entertaining, even inviting, style."--Edward D. Berkowitz, George Washington University