Explaining the politics of public social spending.

A. S. Orloff, T. Skocpol

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By the early 20th century, Britain had a strong civil service and competing, programmatically oriented political parties. Political leaders and social elites were willing to use social spending as a way to appeal to working-class voters. However, the contemporary US lacked an established civil bureaucracy and was embroiled in the efforts of Progressive reformers to create regulatory agencies and policies free of the 'political corruption' of 19th century patronage democracy.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-750
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Sociological Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

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  • Sociology and Political Science


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