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Social Insurance
America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future



October 2013 | 328 pages | CQ Press

What has America done to protect its citizens from life-changing but common risks such as death of a family breadwinner, ill health, disability, involuntary unemployment, outliving retirement savings, and birth into a poor family? Each, in its own way, burdens—and possibly devastates—unlucky individuals and families both emotionally and financially. It is the rare life that is untouched by one or more of these six threats. How do our current policies affect taxation, spending, and the economy, as well as prospects for individual lives? What more might these policies do to protect Americans?

Rich in stories, data, and analysis, Social Insurance provides a strong intellectual foundation for understanding the history, economics, politics, and philosophy of America’s most important social insurance programs. This insightful work provides a unifying vision of these programs’ purposes and reminds us, amidst the confusing and often apocalyptic rhetoric, why we have the programs and policies we do, while arguing for reforms that preserve and enhance the protections in place.

 
Part 1: American Social Insurance
 
1. Economic Risks and Social Insurance Realities
 
2. Assessment of the Six Threats to Family Income
 
3. Philosophies, Policies and Public Budgets
 
4. The Historical Development of American Social Insurance and its Associated Programs
 
Part II: The State of American Protections Against the Threats
 
5. The Threat of Birth into a Poor Family
 
6. The Threat of Early Death of a Family Breadwinner
 
7. The Threat of Ill-Health
 
8. The Threat of Involuntary Employment
 
9. The Threat of Disability
 
10. The Threat of Outliving One’s Savings
 
Part III: Thinking About the Design of Income Security Programs and Their Reform
 
11. Accomplishments and Limitations
 
12. Social Insurance, Markets and “Modernization”

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Theodore R. Marmor

Theodore (Ted) Marmor is professor emeritus of public policy and management and professor emeritus of political science at Yale University. Marmor is an accomplished author and co-author of eleven books, and has published over a hundred articles in a wide range of scholarly journals. Additionally, he is a frequent Op-Ed contributor to U.S. and Canadian newspapers. Marmor began his career as a special assistant to Wilbur Cohen (Secretary of HEW) in the mid-1960s. He has served as associate dean of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, the head of Yale's Center for Health Services, a member of... More About Author

Jerry L. Mashaw

Jerry L. Mashaw, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, teaches courses on administrative law, social welfare policy, regulation, legislation, and the design of public institutions. His books include Administrative Law: Introduction to the American Public Law System, Sixth Edition (with Richard Merrill and Peter Shane, 2009); Bureaucratic Justice (1983), awarded Harvard University’s Gerard Henderson Memorial Prize in 1993; The Struggle for Auto Safety (with David Harfst, 1990), awarded the Sixth Annual Scholarship Prize of the ABA’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy in 1992; and Greed, Chaos, and Governance: Using... More About Author

John R. Pakutka

John Pakutka is managing director of The Crescent Group, an advisory services firm with expertise in healthcare management, policy, and litigation. Firm clients have included Fortune 500 companies, Global 100 law firms, health systems, investment banks, state governments, and the United States Department of Justice. Prior to founding The Crescent Group, he worked for Exxon/Reliance Electric, the United States Government Accountability Office, Yale University, and APM/Computer Sciences Corporation. He has served on numerous public and non-profit boards and commissions, most recently the Connecticut State Legislature’s Task Force on Small... More About Author

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