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We are no more or less generous to the poor now than we were in 1960

Rose, Max and Baumgartner, Frank R. (2013) We are no more or less generous to the poor now than we were in 1960. LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog (19 Sep 2013). Website.

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Many commentators accuse government of being far too generous towards the poor, while others bemoan the lack of support for those in poverty. Max Rose and Frank R. Baumgartner have looked at how media commentary and government policy on poverty have changed over the past fifty years. They find that while the government and media had a sympathetic focus on poverty in the 1960s, by the mid-1970s this had shifted to a discourse around social wrongs, dependency and waste. This focus on dependency is now the dominant narrative, meaning that we are now no more generous towards the poor than we were more than 50 years ago, before the War on Poverty.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2013 LSE USAPP
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 13:58
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:04

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