Social Provision and Civic Community:

Theda Skocpol

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI:
Social Provision and Civic Community:

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This chapter underlines the integrative functions of federal social policy and programs over the last century rebutting the conservative attack on liberalism for its fragmenting tendencies. It reports that since the nineteenth century America's most effective and beloved social programs have given benefits or services to millions of citizens in return for their contributions to the national and local communities. It further reports that they have helped individuals and families not in narrowly circumscribed categories but across the lines of class, race, and place. It notes that America's most effective systems of social provision have flourished through civic partnerships between government and voluntary associations that enrolled millions of citizens as active members.

Keywords: federal social policy; liberalism; social programs; civic partnerships

Chapter.  7320 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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