Poor Law to Poverty Program

Economic Security Policy in Britain and the United States

The historical perspective is modern. The style is far superior to that of most such texts. The research was most inclusive.
Journal of Public Social Services

The welfare state is a pervasive and controversial aspect of contemporary society. Samuel Mencher provides a historical and philosophical background on the growth of welfare policy through its sources, concepts, and specific programs. He covers a period from the English Poor Law of the sixteenth century through contemporary times-viewing changing attitudes toward poverty, new concepts on the nature of man and the influence of scientific thought-and also discusses mercantilism, laissez-faire, utilitarianism, liberalism, socialism, romanticism, social Darwinism, and modern capitalism as major influences on the growth of economic security policy.

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Samuel Mencher

Samuel Mencher was professor of social welfare at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Samuel Mencher