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Title II: The Policy Structure of Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance

Andrew W. Dobelstein

in Understanding the Social Security Act

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366891
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894208 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366891.003.0003
Title II: The Policy Structure of Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance

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This chapter discusses the social welfare policy construction that provides the political and economic principles that have determined the development of the social insurance programs discussed in Chapters 1 and 2. While the vision of early social security administrators sought a form of comprehensive social insurance, their dream has been constrained by a complex, characteristically American, political economy that has had more influence on its multifaceted development than usually is discussed. The payroll tax, trust funds, expansion of the beneficiary pool, and benefit increases all emerged from divergent views over an economic philosophy and the shrewd political leadership of Congressman Wilbur Mills. This many-sided policy environment explains the “back door” program development of Title II discussed in the previous chapter.

Keywords: economic philosophy; Wilbur Mills; old age; social welfare

Chapter.  12640 words.  Illustrated.

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