Poverty in America Essay by Master Researcher

Poverty in America
Examines the political aspect of poverty and welfare policy in the United States.
# 45107 | 1,400 words | 2 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 08, 2003 in Sociology (Welfare) , Political Science (Social Security and Welfare)

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While we live in a time of apparently unprecedented prosperity, although, admittedly, a recession may occur in the immediate future, we also live in an era defined by government cutbacks in areas of social welfare. This apparent policy paradox of great prosperity coexisting with extreme conservatism in budgetary policy will be the focus of this essay. It will argue that the explanation for this "paradox" lies, not in finance or economics, but in the fragmented social dynamic of our society. In this analysis, poverty will be shown to be as much a political as an economic construct. However, the prevailing political orthodoxy with respect to poverty and social spending is not likely to change, it will be argued, until economic despair grips a large portion of the population.

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