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Quixote's ghost [electronic resource] : the right, the liberati, and the future of social policy /
David Stoesz.
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New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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252 p. : ill.
ISBN
0195181204 (Cloth)
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New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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0195181204 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
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7371316
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Stoesz is Professor of Social Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University and a founding member of policyAmerica, an Internet policy innovation nonprofit.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A provocative look at how U.S. social welfare policy is made....provides a challenge to both Left and Right."-Michael Tanner, Director, Health and Welfare Studies, Cato Institute
"A provocative look at how U.S. social welfare policy is made....providesa challenge to both Left and Right."-Michael Tanner, Director, Health andWelfare Studies, Cato Institute
"David Stoesz has written an enormously insightful, important, and timely book-helping all of us understand some of the Right's amazing accomplishments in the war of ideas, and how progressives could and should rebound."-Ray Boshara, New America Foundation
"David Stoesz has written an enormously insightful, important, and timelybook-helping all of us understand some of the Right's amazing accomplishments inthe war of ideas, and how progressives could and should rebound."-Ray Boshara,New America Foundation
"David Stoesz's latest book outlines a 'radical pragmatic' approach to social welfare which, he contends, offers a new and viable alternative to mainstream perspectives. His original and thought-provoking ideas deserve to be widely discussed. This is a lively, readable and enjoyablebook."-James Midgley, Dean and Specht Professor of Public Social Services, University of California, Berkeley
"David Stoesz's latest book outlines a 'radical pragmatic' approach tosocial welfare which, he contends, offers a new and viable alternative tomainstream perspectives. His original and thought-provoking ideas deserve to bewidely discussed. This is a lively, readable and enjoyable book."-James Midgley,Dean and Specht Professor of Public Social Services, University of California,Berkeley
"Engaging...The passion with which he makes his case, and his determination to think beyond liberal-conservative paradigms are admirable."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"Invoking Don Quixote, David Stoesz tilts at windbags of all stripes. No matter who you are-left, right, or even in the middle-something in this wide ranging critique will make you furious. In a world gone as far wrong as ours has now, puncturing pomposity can't be all bad even if it isn't allgood."-Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
"Invoking Don Quixote, David Stoesz tilts at windbags of all stripes. Nomatter who you are-left, right, or even in the middle-something in this wideranging critique will make you furious. In a world gone as far wrong as ours hasnow, puncturing pomposity can't be all bad even if it isn't all good."-PeterEdelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
"Invoking Don Quixote, David Stoesz tilts at windbags of all stripes. No matter who you are-left, right, or even in the middle-something in this wide ranging critique will make you furious. In a world gone as far wrong as ours has now, puncturing pomposity can't be all bad even if it isn't all good."-Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center "David Stoesz has written an enormously insightful, important, and timely book-helping all of us understand some of the Right's amazing accomplishments in the war of ideas, and how progressives could and should rebound."-Ray Boshara, New America Foundation "With President Bush's re-election, the paradigm shift in American social policy chronicled herein is being consummated. David Stoesz documents a steady decline in America's enthusiasm for welfare state liberalism and the emergence of a new conservative social policy, epitomized in Bush's concept of "the ownership society." He explains why the American Left is playing defense on health, welfare, and even social security policy, and how the American Right is going on offense through rigorous empirical analysis, superior communications, and an increasingly sophisticated marketing of ideas. A penetrating analysis of the battle of ideas, no student of America's domestic politics can afford to overlook this book."-Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation "David Stoesz's latest book outlines a 'radical pragmatic' approach to social welfare which, he contends, offers a new and viable alternative to mainstream perspectives. His original and thought-provoking ideas deserve to be widely discussed. This is a lively, readable and enjoyable book."-James Midgley, Dean and Specht Professor of Public "A provocative look at how U.S. social welfare policy is made....provides a challenge to both Left and Right."-Michael Tanner, Director, Health & Welfare Studies, Cato Institute
"Invoking Don Quixote, David Stoesz tilts at windbags of all stripes. No matter who you are-left, right, or even in the middle-something in this wide ranging critique will make you furious. In a world gone as far wrong as ours has now, puncturing pomposity can't be all bad even if it isn't all good."-Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center "David Stoesz has written an enormously insightful, important, and timely book-helping all of us understand some of the Right's amazing accomplishments in the war of ideas, and how progressives could and should rebound."-Ray Boshara, New America Foundation "With President Bush's re-election, the paradigm shift in American social policy chronicled herein is being consummated. David Stoesz documents a steady decline in America's enthusiasm for welfare state liberalism and the emergence of a new conservative social policy, epitomized in Bush's concept of "the ownership society." He explains why the American Left is playing defense on health, welfare, and even social security policy, and how the American Right is going on offense through rigorous empirical analysis, superior communications, and an increasingly sophisticated marketing of ideas. A penetrating analysis of the battle of ideas, no student of America's domestic politics can afford to overlook this book."-Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation "David Stoesz's latest book outlines a 'radical pragmatic' approach to social welfare which, he contends, offers a new and viable alternative to mainstream perspectives. His original and thought-provoking ideas deserve to be widely discussed. This is alively, readable and enjoyable book."-James Midgley, Dean and Specht Professor of Public "A provocative look at how U.S. social welfare policy is made....provides a challenge to both Left and Right."-Michael Tanner, Director, Health & Welfare Studies, Cato Institute
"Invoking Don Quixote, David Stoesz tilts at windbags of all stripes. No matter who you are-left, right, or even in the middle-something in this wide ranging critique will make you furious. In a world gone as far wrong as ours has now, puncturing pomposity can't be all bad even if it isn't all good."-Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center "David Stoesz has written an enormously insightful, important, and timely book-helping all of us understand some of the Right's amazing accomplishments in the war of ideas, and how progressives could and should rebound."-Ray Boshara, New America Foundation "With President Bush's re-election, the paradigm shift in American social policy chronicled herein is being consummated. David Stoesz documents a steady decline in America's enthusiasm for welfare state liberalism and the emergence of a new conservative social policy, epitomized in Bush's concept of "the ownership society." He explains why the American Left is playing defense on health, welfare, and even social security policy, and how the American Right is going on offense through rigorous empirical analysis, superior communications, and an increasingly sophisticated marketing of ideas. A penetrating analysis of the battle of ideas, no student of America's domestic politics can afford to overlook this book."-Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation "David Stoesz's latest book outlines a 'radical pragmatic' approach to social welfare which, he contends, offers a new and viable alternative to mainstream perspectives. His original and thought-provoking ideasdeserve to be widely discussed. This is a lively, readable and enjoyable book."-James Midgley, Dean and Specht Professor of Public "A provocative look at how U.S. social welfare policy is made....provides a challenge to both Left and Right."-Michael Tanner, Director, Health & Welfare Studies, Cato Institute
"With President Bush's re-election, the paradigm shift in American social policy chronicled herein is being consummated. David Stoesz documents a steady decline in America's enthusiasm for welfare state liberalism and the emergence of a new conservative social policy, epitomized in Bush'sconcept of "the ownership society." He explains why the American Left is playing defense on health, welfare, and even social security policy, and how the American Right is going on offense through rigorous empirical analysis, superior communications, and an increasingly sophisticated marketing ofideas. A penetrating analysis of the battle of ideas, no student of America's domestic politics can afford to overlook this book."-Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
"With President Bush's re-election, the paradigm shift in American socialpolicy chronicled herein is being consummated. David Stoesz documents a steadydecline in America's enthusiasm for welfare state liberalism and the emergenceof a new conservative social policy, epitomized in Bush's concept of "theownership society." He explains why the American Left is playing defense onhealth, welfare, and even social security policy, and how the American Right isgoing on offense through rigorous empirical analysis, superior communications,and an increasingly sophisticated marketing of ideas. A penetrating analysis ofthe battle of ideas, no student of America's domestic politics can afford tooverlook this book."-Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., Director, Center for HealthPolicy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
"A provocative look at how U.S. social welfare policy is made....provides a challenge to both Left and Right."-Michael Tanner, Director, Health & Welfare Studies, Cato Institute"David Stoesz has written an enormously insightful, important, and timely book-helping all of us understand some of the Right's amazing accomplishments in the war of ideas, and how progressives could and should rebound."-Ray Boshara, New America Foundation"David Stoesz's latest book outlines a 'radical pragmatic' approach to social welfare which, he contends, offers a new and viable alternative to mainstream perspectives. His original and thought-provoking ideas deserve to be widely discussed. This is a lively, readable and enjoyable book."-James Midgley, Dean and Specht Professor of Public Social Services, University of California, Berkeley"With President Bush's re-election, the paradigm shift in American social policy chronicled herein is being consummated. David Stoesz documents a steady decline in America's enthusiasm for welfare state liberalism and the emergence of a new conservative social policy, epitomized in Bush's concept of "the ownership society." He explains why the American Left is playing defense on health, welfare, and even social security policy, and how the American Right isgoing on offense through rigorous empirical analysis, superior communications, and an increasingly sophisticated marketing of ideas. A penetrating analysis of the battle of ideas, no student of America's domestic politics can afford to overlook this book."-Robert Emmet Moffit, Ph.D., Director, Centerfor Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation"Invoking Don Quixote, David Stoesz tilts at windbags of all stripes. No matter who you are-left, right, or even in the middle-something in this wide ranging critique will make you furious. In a world gone as far wrong as ours has now, puncturing pomposity can't be all bad even if it isn't all good."-Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center"Engaging...The passion with which he makes his case, and his determination to think beyond liberal-conservative paradigms are admirable."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Introduction Chapter 1. Paradigm Lost Chapter 2. The Architecture of Altruism Chapter 3. Controlling the Means of Analysis Chapter 4. The Liberati Chapter 5. Poor Policy Chapter 6. Wednesday's Children Chapter 7. Radical Pragmatism Chapter 8. Renaissance Epilogue
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Quixote's Ghost' argues that the romantic Left is, like Don Quixote's obsession with chivalry - out of synch with reality & that the Right in America have pirated the pragmatism that has been championed by the Left from the era of the New Deal.
Long Description
American social policy, writes David Stoesz, is currently experiencing an alarming paradigm shift. Quixote's Ghost, a provocative new analysis of the ideological fight for control of American social welfare policy, demonstrates how the Right pirated the pragmatism championed by the Left since the New Deal and what that means for the future of social policy. Stoesz's fascinating account documents how conservative think tanks arose to combat the dominance of liberal intellectualismin the university system, and by now have taken command of the "means of analysis," flooding Congress with proposals and effectively shifting American public philosophy from liberalism to conservatism. While the Right devoted enormous amounts of energy in reconstructing social policy, Stoesz arguesthat the American liberal-intellectual class-the Liberati-abandoned its original mission, defecting from the welfare state project to pursue a philosophical tangent, postmodernism, that vilified social policy and romanticized oppressed populations. Presenting case studies from welfare reform and children's services, he illustrates how both the Right and the Left have shortchanged American social policy. In the process, he proposes radical pragmatism as the solution to counter the dominance ofan emerging welfare-industrial complex and revive a Progressive orientation to social policy. Only through citizen empowerment, social mobility, and government restructuring, Stoesz argues, can we effectively craft a new approach to social policy that meets the requirements of the 21st century andtranscends the impasse between the Left and the Right. Quixote's Ghost, framed by the metaphor of a Romantic Left whose actions-like Don Quixote's obsession with chivalry-are out of synch with the present reality, will be of immense interest to students and academics alike. As one of the few books to chart this radical shift in social policy and its implications on the ground, it will be sure to challenge both the Right and the Left to craft a new approach to thinking about Americansocial policy.
Long Description
American social policy, writes David Stoesz, is currently experiencing an alarming paradigm shift. Quixote's Ghost, a provocative new analysis of the ideological fight for control of American social welfare policy, demonstrates how the Right pirated the pragmatism championed by the Left since the New Deal and what that means for the future of social policy. Stoesz's fascinating account documents how conservative think tanks arose to combat the dominance of liberal intellectualism in the university system, and by now have taken command of the "means of analysis," flooding Congress with proposals and effectively shifting American public philosophy from liberalism to conservatism. While the Right devoted enormous amounts of energy in reconstructing social policy, Stoesz argues that the American liberal-intellectual class-the Liberati-abandoned its original mission, defecting from the welfare state project to pursue a philosophical tangent, postmodernism, that vilified social policy and romanticized oppressed populations. Presenting case studies from welfare reform and children's services, he illustrates how both the Right and the Left have shortchanged American social policy. In the process, he proposes radical pragmatism as the solution to counter the dominance of an emerging welfare-industrial complex and revive a Progressive orientation to social policy. Only through citizen empowerment, social mobility, and government restructuring, Stoesz argues, can we effectively craft a new approach to social policy that meets the requirements of the 21st century and transcends the impasse between the Left and the Right. Quixote's Ghost, framed by the metaphor of a Romantic Leftwhose actions-like Don Quixote's obsession with chivalry-are out of synch with the present reality, will be of immense interest to students and academics alike. As one of the few books to chart this radical shift in social policy and its implications on the ground, it will be sure to challenge both the Right and the Left to craft a new approach to thinking about American social policy.
Main Description
American social policy, writes David Stoesz, is currently experiencing an alarming paradigm shift. Quixote's Ghost, a provocative new analysis of the ideological fight for control of American social welfare policy, demonstrates how the Right pirated the pragmatism championed by the Left sincethe New Deal and what that means for the future of social policy. Stoesz's fascinating account documents how conservative think tanks arose to combat the dominance of liberal intellectualism in the university system, and by now have taken command of the "means of analysis," flooding Congress withproposals and effectively shifting American public philosophy from liberalism to conservatism. While the Right devoted enormous amounts of energy in reconstructing social policy, Stoesz argues that the American liberal-intellectual class-the Liberati-abandoned its original mission, defecting fromthe welfare state project to pursue a philosophical tangent, postmodernism, that vilified social policy and romanticized oppressed populations. Presenting case studies from welfare reform and children's services, he illustrates how both the Right and the Left have shortchanged American socialpolicy. In the process, he proposes radical pragmatism as the solution to counter the dominance of an emerging welfare-industrial complex and revive a Progressive orientation to social policy. Only through citizen empowerment, social mobility, and government restructuring, Stoesz argues, can weeffectively craft a new approach to social policy that meets the requirements of the 21st century and transcends the impasse between the Left and the Right. Quixote's Ghost, framed by the metaphor of a Romantic Left whose actions-like Don Quixote's obsession with chivalry-are out of synch with thepresent reality, will be of immense interest to students and academics alike. As one of the few books to chart this radical shift in social policy and its implications on the ground, it will be sure to challenge both the Right and the Left to craft a new approach to thinking about American socialpolicy.
Main Description
American social policy, writes David Stoesz, is currently experiencing an alarming paradigm shift. Quixote's Ghost, a provocative new analysis of the ideological fight for control of American social welfare policy, demonstrates how the Right pirated the pragmatism championed by the Left since the New Deal and what that means for the future of social policy. Stoesz's fascinating account documents how conservative think tanks arose to combat the dominance of liberal intellectualism in the university system, and by now have taken command of the "means of analysis," flooding Congress with proposals and effectively shifting American public philosophy from liberalism to conservatism. While the Right devoted enormous amounts of energy in reconstructing social policy, Stoesz argues that the American liberal-intellectual class-the Liberati-abandoned its original mission, defecting from the welfare state project to pursue a philosophical tangent, postmodernism, that vilified social policy and romanticized oppressed populations. Presenting case studies from welfare reform and children's services, he illustrates how both the Right and the Left have shortchanged American social policy. In the process, he proposes radical pragmatism as the solution to counter the dominance of an emerging welfare-industrial complex and revive a Progressive orientation to social policy. Only through citizen empowerment, social mobility, and government restructuring, Stoesz argues, can we effectively craft a new approach to social policy that meets the requirements of the 21st century and transcends the impasse between the Left and the Right. Quixote's Ghost , framed by the metaphor of a Romantic Left whose actions-like Don Quixote's obsession with chivalry-are out of synch with the present reality, will be of immense interest to students and academics alike. As one of the few books to chart this radical shift in social policy and its implications on the ground, it will be sure to challenge both the Right and the Left to craft a new approach to thinking about American social policy.
Short Annotation
American social policy, writes David Stoesz, is currently experiencing an alarming paradigm shift.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Paradigm Lostp. 13
The Architecture of Altruismp. 40
Controlling The Means of Analysisp. 66
The Liberatip. 102
Poor Policyp. 121
Wednesday's Childrenp. 143
Radical Pragmatismp. 166
Renaissancep. 186
Epiloguep. 211
Notesp. 219
Indexp. 245
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