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The main problem with the welfare state, Mead asserts, is its permissiveness, not its size. Too much emphasis is given to ``taking'' (entitlements) and not enough to ``giving'' (social obligations). The challenge to welfare statesmanship, he argues, is not so much either to cut back, the conservative solution, or to increase entitlements, the liberal remedy, as to make them conditional on the willingness of beneficiaries to work. This, he says, is a necessary condition for society's acceptance of the poor into the mainstream. Welfare programs with compulsory work requirements are few so far, but public attitudes and government policies are turning around. Mead's timely and closely reasoned analysis makes a strong intellectual and moral case for a more authoritative welfare policy. Recommended. Harry Frumerman, formerly with Economics Dept., Hunter Coll., CUNY
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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (March 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743224957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743224956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on August 9, 1999
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Mead's Beyond Entitlement broke the old politics of welfare, where the left cried for more money for welfare while the right barked for less. Mead shifted the argument to the question of citizen obligation, as in, "what ought be expected of those who receive welfare?" Asking this question broke the political gridlock and opened the doors for welfare reform. His view can be called big government conservatism, which holds that the able-bodied must work but insists that government must provide support (like day care) to enable welfare recipients to hold work.
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Stunning eye-opening analysis of the underclass in America. Reading this today (2015) it is obvious that attempts at welfare reform in the late 1990s which addressed entitlement programs have failed, and that further, underclass culture (low commitment to social obligations such as civility to neighbors, motivation to work, accountability to family, avoidance of criminal behavior and desire for inclusion) is firmly entrenched and has spread into the lower middle class as well, while demands for entitlements (undeserved accommodations and support from family, neighbors, employers, the general public, and the government) seem to know no limits. A pity this book is not widely read and discussed, especially since there are real problems for individuals and society that blaming, shaming, money, and marches will never be able to fix until people generally understand the true nature of the problem and commit to a cooperative solution.
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