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Tag Archives: welfare reform
Welfare Reform and NAFTA: The Democratic Party and the Politics of Inequality
In January 2014, we celebrate two anniversaries – the beginning of the War on Poverty (1964) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA 1994). So it is a good time to consider how these two programs affected the working … Continue reading
The GOP, Black “Underclass,” and Working-Class Studies
In the frenzy of the Republican race for the presidential nomination, candidates have appealed to conservative populism through racially coded appeals evoking the dependency of the black “underclass” on government handouts. Late last year, former Speak of the House Newt … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Guest Bloggers, Issues, Working-class politics Tagged 2012 election, Gingrich, GOP, Republican primary, Romney, underclass, welfare reform 8 Comments
Jobs, Ideology, and Policy: Putting Workers First
During the 1980s recession, as steel mills closed and auto plants began downsizing around the country, neoconservative economists insisted that the jobs lost to deindustrialization would soon be replaced by new jobs. In Youngstown then, we knew better. And as … Continue reading