Robert Ball and the Politics of Social Security

Robert Ball and the Politics of Social Security

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In the second half of the twentieth century, no one exerted more influence over Social Security than Robert Ball, who in 1947 wrote what became the key statement defining why social insurance, not welfare, should be Americaa€™s primary income maintenance program. This policy-oriented biography surveys the history of Social Security from 1950 to the present through the eyes of the public servant most crucial to its development. Drawing on exclusive access to Robert Balla€™s papers and Balla€™s own extensive oral memoir created for this project, Edward D. Berkowitz explains how Social Security came to be Americaa€™s most important social welfare program. Balla€™s role in expanding coverage to more workers during the period between 1950 and 1972, as well as in supporting the indexing of benefits to the rate of inflation, directly affected the lives of senior citizens and the overall U. S. economy. Berkowitz demonstrates how Robert Ball used the conservative means of social insurance toward the liberal end of expanding the welfare state. He considers octagenarian Robert Balla€™s legacy in the face of the George W. Bush administrationa€™s goal of replacing Social Security with private accounts.44; Advisory Council on Social Security, aquot;Questions and Answers on Old-Age and Survivors Insurance: A Report to the ... For examples of other successful social welfare efforts during the 1950s see Stephen P. Strickland, Politics, Science, andanbsp;...

Title:Robert Ball and the Politics of Social Security
Author:Edward D. Berkowitz
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2005-07-01


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