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Miles to go : a personal history of social policy

Author: Daniel P Moynihan
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
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Has liberalism lost its way - or merely its voice? This book by one of the nation's most insightful, articulate, and powerful Democrats at last breaks the silence that has greeted the Republican Party's revolution of 1994. When voters handed Democrats their worst defeat in 100 years, New Yorkers returned Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Senate for his fourth term. Amid the wreck of his party's control and the disarray
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Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003.
Miles to go.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)604888459
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel P Moynihan
ISBN: 0674574400 9780674574403
OCLC Number: 34597945
Description: 245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Three decades of The public interest --
Repealing economics --
Defining deviancy down --
America at midnight? --
Drug wars --
The coming of age of American social policy.
Responsibility: Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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Has liberalism lost its way - or merely its voice? This book by one of the nation's most insightful, articulate, and powerful Democrats at last breaks the silence that has greeted the Republican Party's revolution of 1994. When voters handed Democrats their worst defeat in 100 years, New Yorkers returned Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Senate for his fourth term. Amid the wreck of his party's control and the disarray of programs and policies he has championed for three decades, Senator Moynihan here takes stock of the politics, economics, and social problems that have brought us to this pass. With a clarity and civility far too rare in the political arena, he offers a wide-ranging meditation on the nation's social strategies for the last 60 years, as well as a vision denied for the years to come.

Because Senator Moynihan has long been a defender of the policies whose fortunes he follows here, Miles to Go is in a sense autobiographical, an exemplary account of the social life of the body politic. As it guides us through government's attempts to grapple with thorny problems like family disintegration, welfare, health care, deviance, and addiction, it also reflects on larger, ongoing concerns about civil rights and the fate of capitalism. These, along with the meaning of the Contract with America, are all part of this trenchant analysis of the changing welfare state.

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