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Welfare for the wealthy : parties, social spending, and inequality in the United States / Christopher G. Faricy.

Author/Creator:
Faricy, Christopher G., 1973-
Publication:
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects:
United States -- Social policy.
Welfare state -- United States.
Income distribution -- United States.
Equality -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General.
Equality.
Income distribution.
Politics and government.
Social policy
Welfare state.
United States
Summary:
"How does political party control determine changes to social policy, and by extension, influence inequality in America? Conventional theories show that Democratic control of the federal government produces more social expenditures and less inequality. Welfare for the Wealthy re-examines this relationship by evaluating how political party power results in changes to both public social spending and subsidies for private welfare - and how a trade-off between the two, in turn, affects income inequality. Christopher Faricy finds that both Democrats and Republicans have increased social spending over the last forty-two years. And while both political parties increase federal social spending, Democrats and Republicans differ in how they spend federal money, which socioeconomic groups benefit, and the resulting consequences for income inequality"-- Provided by publisher.
"How does political party control determine changes to social policy and by extension influence inequality in America? Conventional theories show that Democratic control of the federal government produces more social expenditures and less inequality. Welfare for the Wealthy reexamines this relationship by evaluating how political party power results in changes to both public social spending and subsidies for private welfare and how a trade off between the two, in turn, affects income inequality. Christopher Faricy finds that both Democrats and Republicans have increased social spending over the last forty-two years. And while both political parties increase federal social spending, Democrats and Republicans differ in how they spend federal money, which socioeconomic groups benefit, and the resulting consequences for the level of income inequality. In particular, Democrats increase public spending while Republicans raise the level of federal subsides for private welfare, which contributes to higher levels of inequality in the U.S"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
1. The politics of social policy in America
2. The partisan politics of the divided U.S. social welfare state
3. Political parties and public social spending: testing the conventional wisdom
4. Government subsidies and the private American social system: the special case of tax expenditures
5. A Republican welfare state?
6. The modality of social spending and income inequality in America
7. The implications of the divided American welfare state.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781107101012 (hardback)
1107101018 (hardback)
OCLC:
907145125
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