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Howard, Christopher 1961-

Works: 7 works in 64 publications in 2 languages and 3,921 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: HN57, 361.610973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christopher Howard
The hidden welfare state : tax expenditures and social policy in the United States by Christopher Howard( )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 1,836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Howard analyzes the "hidden" welfare state created by such programs as tax deductions for home mortgage interest and employer-provided retirement pensions, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Targeted Job Tax Credit. Basing his work on histories of these four tax expenditures, Howard highlights the distinctive characteristics of all such policies. Howard helps the reader to appreciate the historic links between the hidden welfare state and U.S. tax policy, which accentuate the importance of Congress and political parties. He also focuses on the reasons why individuals, businesses, and public officials support tax expenditures. The Hidden Welfare State will appeal to anyone interested in the origins, development, and structure of the American welfare state
The Oxford handbook of U.S. social policy by Daniel Béland( )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American welfare state has long been a source of political contention and academic debate. This Oxford Handbook pulls together much of our current knowledge about the origins, development, functions, and challenges of American social policy. After the Introduction, the first substantive part of the handbook offers an historical overview of U.S. social policy from the colonial era to the present. This is followed by a set of chapters on different theoretical perspectives available for understanding and explaining the development of U.S. social policy. The three following parts of the volume focus on concrete social programs for the elderly, the poor and near-poor, the disabled, and workers and families. Policy areas covered include health care, pensions, food assistance, housing, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, workers' compensation, family support, and programs for soldiers and veterans. The final part of the book focuses on some of the consequences of the U.S. welfare state for poverty, inequality, and citizenship. Many of the chapters comprising this handbook emphasize the disjointed patterns of policy making inherent to U.S. policymaking and the public-private mix of social provision in which the government helps certain groups of citizens directly (e.g., social insurance) or indirectly (e.g., tax expenditures, regulations). The contributing authors are experts from political science, sociology, history, economics, and other social sciences. --Provided by publisher
The welfare state nobody knows : debunking myths about U.S. social policy by Christopher Howard( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The Welfare State Nobody Knows challenges a number of myths and half-truths about U.S. social policy. The American welfare state is supposed to be a pale imitation of "true" welfare states in Europe and Canada. Christopher Howard argues that the American welfare state is in fact larger, more popular, and more dynamic than commonly believed. Nevertheless, poverty and inequality remain high, and this book helps explain why so much effort accomplishes so little. One important reason is that the United States is adept at creating social programs that benefit the middle and upper-middle classes, but less successful in creating programs for those who need the most help. This book is unusually broad in scope, analyzing the politics of social programs that are well known (such as Social Security and welfare) and less well known but still important (such as workers' compensation, home mortgage interest deduction, and the Americans with Disabilities Act). Although it emphasizes developments in recent decades, the book ranges across the entire twentieth century to identify patterns of policymaking. Methodologically, it weaves together quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to answer fundamental questions about the politics of U.S. social policy. Ambitious and timely, The Welfare State Nobody Knows asks us to rethink the influence of political parties, interest groups, public opinion, federalism, policy design, and race on the American welfare state
Thinking like a political scientist : a practical guide to research methods by Christopher Howard( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and Hungarian and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each year, tens of thousands of students who are interested in politics go through a rite of passage: they take a course in research methods. Many find the subject to be boring or confusing, and with good reason. Most of the standard books on research methods fail to highlight the most important concepts and questions. Instead, they brim with dry technical definitions and focus heavily on statistical analysis, slighting other valuable methods. This approach not only dulls potential enjoyment of the course, but prevents students from mastering the skills they need to engage more directly and meaningfully with a wide variety of research. With wit and practical wisdom, Christopher Howard draws on more than a decade of experience teaching research methods to transform a typically dreary subject and teach budding political scientists the critical skills they need to read published research more effectively and produce better research of their own. The first part of the book is devoted to asking three fundamental questions in political science: What happened? Why? Who cares? In the second section, Howard demonstrates how to answer these questions by choosing an appropriate research design, selecting cases, and working with numbers and written documents as evidence. Drawing on examples from American and comparative politics, international relations, and public policy, Thinking Like a Political Scientist highlights the most common challenges that political scientists routinely face, and each chapter concludes with exercises so that students can practice dealing with those challenges.--
Tax credits for working families : the new American social policy by Daniel Paul Gitterman( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian right and Israel : a love story? by Joseph Malanson( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This thesis investigates whether or not, and how, the Christian Right in America has impacted American political discussion of and policy towards Israel. This project informs and is informed by the literature both on how interest groups affect American foreign policy and how religion affects American foreign policy. I hypothesize that the Christian Right will have successfully created a closer alliance between America and Israel, and that evangelical or Christian Right-allied decision-makers will be particularly likely to be supportive of Israel. The investigation has three sections. The first uses content analysis and examination of media coverage to examine how language regarding Israel in GOP platforms has changed. The second uses the same techniques to see how GOP presidential candidates in their primary campaigns treat Israel. The third uses probit regression models to test whether or not evangelical members of Congress are more likely than non-evangelicals to take the pro-Israel side in a congressional vote. I conclude that, through these particular avenues at least, the Christian Right, and evangelicals more generally, are not particularly likely to be supportive of Israel compared to other decision-makers
Parents and preschool decisions : how networks, research and priorities affect program quality by Molly Michie( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Early intervention through quality preschool has been shown to be effective in closing education opportunity gaps and setting disadvantaged kids on a level playing field with their wealthier peers, especially in terms of social and emotional growth. Because preschool has such positive effects, it is crucial to find out which children attend preschool and to examine the quality and duration of the programs they attend. There are many studies showing correlations between income, race, or parental education and preschool attendance, but few get at the causal mechanism behind these relationships and the programs' quality. To fill this gap, my research explores the question, "Why do parents choose high- or low-quality preschool programs for their children?" I access this information by surveying parents, asking about their reasoning for their preschool choices and their research processes. My goal in conducting this research is to obtain useful data that will enable me to make concrete recommendations about how to increase the number of children who attend quality preschool. Understanding why parents do or do not send their children to high-quality preschool will help policymakers target the problem, be it cost or other logistics
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The hidden welfare state : tax expenditures and social policy in the United States
The welfare state nobody knows : debunking myths about U.S. social policy
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Howard, Chris, 1961-