Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference
In this timely study of the different approaches of America and Europe to the problems of domestic inequality and poverty, the authors describe just how different the two continents are in the level of State engagement in the redistribution of income. They discuss various possible economic explanations for the difference, including different levels of pre-tax income, openn...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 12th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2004)
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3.5 stars. Clear arguments, plenty of supporting evidence, and an interesting thesis. The historical and political arguments are a bit hard to take seriously, since they are outside of the authors' economic backgrounds, but generally this book is easily readable and would be useful for research or if you're looking for an academic book about why the United States didn't develop a strong welfare state.