Wealth and Welfare States
Is America a Laggard or Leader?
Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy Smeeding
Reviews and Awards
"Significant...impressive...[an] important and timely new book... Garfinkel, Rainwater, and Smeeding provide a new and fascinating look at the U.S. welfare state in comparative perspective." --Social Service Review
"...Wealth and welfare states challenges longstanding views of the welfare state as a hindrance to capitalism, and of the US welfare state as a particularly anemic example... This work is innovative in the existing comparative welfare state literature through its discussion of public education, as both key to the welfare state's success and an area in which the US is a historic leader." --Journal of Childern and Poverty