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The Masses are the Ruling Classes: Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

William Epstein

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190467067
eISBN:
9780190865948
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467067.001.0001
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

The Masses Are the Ruling Classes handles a neglected theme: social policy in the United States is determined by mass consent. Contemporary explanations of decision making in the United States ... More


Conclusion: Social Adolescence

William M. Epstein

in The Masses are the Ruling Classes: Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190467067
eISBN:
9780190865948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467067.003.0011
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

The Conclusion argues that the nation’s attachment to policy romanticism prevents its social maturation. Incorporating freely chosen, widely cherished values, policy romanticism remains antagonistic ... More


Precursors to Policy Romanticism

William M. Epstein

in The Masses are the Ruling Classes: Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190467067
eISBN:
9780190865948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467067.003.0002
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Chapter 1 identifies the Romantic precursors to policy romanticism. The standard concept of romanticism is explored as inner experience, imagination and inspiration, individualism and the will, the ... More


Policy Romanticism

William M. Epstein

in The Masses are the Ruling Classes: Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190467067
eISBN:
9780190865948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467067.003.0003
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Chapter 2 sets policy romanticism within the context of American policy making and describes its core concepts of extreme individualism, gnostic thinking, and a sense of chosenness. The chapter ... More


The Food Stamp Program

William M. Epstein

in The Masses are the Ruling Classes: Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190467067
eISBN:
9780190865948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467067.003.0009
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Chapter 8 describes and evaluates the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (food stamps). It demonstrates its serious shortcomings and interprets the program as an expression of mass ... More


Food Stamps and Public Welfare

William M. Epstein

in The Masses are the Ruling Classes: Policy Romanticism, Democratic Populism, and Social Welfare in America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190467067
eISBN:
9780190865948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190467067.003.0010
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Chapter 9 describes the food stamp program as inseparable from the romantic certainties that gave rise to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). It ... More


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