Building an Opportunity Society

Building an Opportunity Society

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Twenty-first-century US policymakers face a great challenge: How can federal government help more people achieve the American dream? Specifically, how can we provide greater opportunities for less-prosperous individuals, enabling them to succeed through hard work, on their merits, and take increased responsibility for their lives? Lewis D. Solomon sees this as the challenge of our time. He seeks to thread the fine public policy needle between social democratic efforts to perfect the world and those who negatively view public sector programs. Based on the premise that capitalism is not inherently unjust and defective, and American capitalisma€™s structural features do not inexorability thwart opportunity, Building an Opportunity Society offers the possibility of more limited, carefully structured, cost-effective, empirically verified federal policies and programs. Solomon first provides the background and context of many existing domestic challenges and problems that the current and proposed federal policies and programs seek to address. He then analyzes the federal safety net that keeps Americans from poverty and helps reduce income inequality. Finally, he presents a lifecycle analysis of current federal policies and programs, preventive and remedial, designed as part of the Entitlement State, but if restructured could facilitate the building of an Opportunity Society. Solomon challenges policymakers to take a fresh look at how best to achieve societya€™s goals for all citizens.James J. Heckmanet al., a€œThe rate ofreturn tothe HighScope Perry PreschoolProgram, a€ Journalof Public Economics 94, no. 1a€“2 ... 1 March 2013, However, the average National Assessment forEducational Progressreading scores forGeorgia fourth graders ... on Academic Performance, National Bureauof Economic Research, Working Paper 18598, December 2012, 10a€“14. ... Carolyn Child Dosage, Oklahomaa#39;s PreKindergarten Program on 3rd Grade Test Scores, a€ Center for Researchanbsp;...

Title:Building an Opportunity Society
Author: Lewis D. Solomon
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 2014-09-04

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