Gelles, Richard J.

The Third Lie : Why Government Programs Don't Work-and a Blueprint for Change - Walnut Creek : Taylor and Francis, 2016. - 1 online resource (153 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Government Programs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -- 1. There Ought to Be a Law! -- 2. When Good Intentions Go Bad: The Education of Jennifer Felix -- 3. Programs That Work -- 4. Effective Government Social Programs: A New Blueprint -- 5. Rebuilding Main Street: The Futures Account -- 6. Round Up the Usual Suspects -- 7. The Drunk and the Lamppost -- 8. The Emperor's Wardrobe Consultant -- Notes -- Index -- About the Author

“I am from the government and I am here to help you” is one of the three biggest lies, or so the old joke goes. Richard J. Gelles, dean of social policy at University of Pennsylvania, explains why government programs designed to cure social ills don’t work in sector after sector…and never could work. He demonstrates how each creates its own bureaucracy to monitor participation in the program, an entrenched administrative apparatus whose needs supersede those for whom the program was designed. Against this, he contrasts universal programs such as the GI Bill, Social Security, and M

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Educational sociology -- United States.
Health care reform -- United States.
Middle class -- United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Public welfare -- United States.
United States -- Social policy -- 1993-.


Electronic books.

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