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Amenta, Edwin 1957-

Works: 22 works in 51 publications in 1 language and 2,346 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: GV881, 796.3578097471
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Most widely held works about Edwin Amenta
Most widely held works by Edwin Amenta
Bold relief : institutional politics and the origins of modern American social policy by Edwin Amenta( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When movements matter : the Townsend plan and the rise of social security by Edwin Amenta( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Drawing on a wealth of primary evidence, historical detail, and arresting images, Edwin Amenta traces the ups and downs of the Townsend Plan and its elderly leader Dr. Francis E. Townsend in the struggle to remake old age. In the process, Amenta advances a new theory of when social movements are influential."--BOOK JACKET
The Wiley-Blackwell companion to political sociology by Edwin Amenta( )
15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Wile-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concering globalization, social movements, and citizenship. The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights. Revises and updates all previously published chapters to include new themes and topics in
The Oxford handbook of U.S. social policy ( )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Professor baseball searching for redemption and the perfect lineup on the softball Diamonds of Central Park by Edwin Amenta( )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It happens every summer: packs of beer-bellied men with gloves and aluminum bats, putting their middle-aged bodies to the test on the softball diamond. For some, this yearly ritual is driven by a simple desire to enjoy a good ballgame; for others, it?s a way to forge friendships?and rivalries. But for one short, wild-haired, bespectacled professor, playing softball in New York?s Central Park means a whole lot more. It's one last chance to heal the nagging wounds of Little League trauma before the rust of decline and the relentless responsibilities of fatherhood set in. Professor Baseball is th
The remaking of federal abstinence policy in local community organizations by Amie Hess( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Abstinence is currently our nation's de facto sex education policy. But what is abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education? What is the impact of federal abstinence-only sex education policy on the construction of gender and sexuality among American youth? I argue that sex education is a key site for understanding critical shifts in the content, funding, and delivery of American social policies. Drawing on two years of ethnography in two community-based abstinence-only sex education providers and interviews with twenty one additional abstinence-only providers, my research examines the mechanisms by which federal abstinence policy is remade at the local level. Through processes of discursive and practical translation, providers use multiple strategies to make abstinence education work in their communities. Local providers express a profound ambivalence regarding abstinence-only sex education which they carry over into their programmatic structure, working to find ways to minimize troubling themes in the national-level pro-abstinence discourse. Turning to a detailed examination of localized implementation practices in two abstinence organizations, I find that while local abstinence programs diverge in their negotiated constructions of sex and gender, they ultimately converge to reinforce a heterosexual norm and feminize the work of sexual responsibility. Adolescents also play an active, though mitigated, role in negotiating gendered meanings. Factors including organizational philosophy, staffing patterns, and programmatic approach impact patterns of convergence and divergence in organizational practices. This research suggests that while interpretative room is available in the new state spaces that emerged under devolutionary governance strategies, these spaces remain institutionally constrained in ways that reproduce disempowering gendered expectations
Comparative historical analysis in the social sciences ( )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences will serve as an invaluable resource for scholars in the field, and it will represent a challenge to many other social scientists - especially those who have raised skeptical concerns about comparative historical analysis in the past."--Jacket
The Blackwell companion to political sociology by Kate Nash( )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology brings together thirty-eight original essays covering the wide inter-disciplinary field of political sociology.:.; Represents the most comprehensive overview available in the field of political sociology.:.; Covers traditional questions as well as emerging topics including recent debates on gender, citizenship, and political identity.:.; Includes detailed editorial introduction, abstracts, further reading lists, and a consolidated bibliography
Controlling drugs in the welfare state: United States drug policy in comparative and historical perspective by Ellen F Benoit( )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
To understand these policy relationships I employ a framework that emphasizes the effects on policymaking of political and social institutions such as the structure of state government, administrative bureaucracies and previous policies, and I develop a strategic comparison with Canada. For more than half a century Canadian drug policy followed a trajectory strikingly similar to that of the United States, including the mid-century reforms. Yet the two nations' policies diverged in the early 1980s when Canada declined to follow the American return to criminalization. The better-developed Canadian welfare state did undergo retrenchment, but retained systems such as national health insurance that facilitated a continued emphasis on public health measures in drug policy
Market regulation and government provision : social welfare policy and health care reform at the state level, 1985-1995 by Claire Marie Fratello( )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Three models were created: socioeconomic and need factors, interest group influence and institutional politics. Logistic regression was used to analyze the primary reforms of the period which were Medicaid expansions, children's health care programs, high-risk pools, purchasing alliances and small group insurance reforms. Universal coverage legislation was also examined, although the small number of cases precluded a quantitative analysis. Based on the results, it was determined that institutional politics and interest group influence were most closely associated with the adoption of health care reforms which were categorized as high government-sponsored policies. It is expected that viewing other social policy in terms of the degree of market-orientation and government-sponsorship would yield similar results
US Social Policy in Comparative and Historical Perspective: Concepts, Images, Arguments, and Research Strategies ( )
1 edition published in 2001 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
From quiet concern to controversy : the transformation of Aid to Dependent Children, 1935-1967 by Nancy K Cauthen( )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
In addition to highlighting the role of federal bureaucrats in ADC's transformation, the study also situates the program's development among that of other U.S. social welfare programs, including Old-Age Assistance, Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (i.e., "social security"), and general assistance. The study concludes that ADC's fate as a highly-politicized and controversial policy was over determined, although not inherent in the program's beginnings
Movements in conflict: The Christian antigay movement vs. the lesbian and gay movement by Tina Fetner( )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This work examines the interactions of opposing movements over time. By looking historically at one pair of opposing movements, I locate the interactive dynamics of their activism. The cases under review are the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement and the Christian antigay movement in the United States. I argue that opposing movements are a unique form of opposition, which interact with movement actors in a shared political context to impact the actions and statements of activists. Because opposing movements do not negotiate with each other directly, they form a unique relationship in which each side uses the other to make demands on third parties, such as the state, corporate policy makers, or a public audience. Interactions that develop between opposing movements in contests over policy issues shape the claims, strategies and organizations of each side. These two movements have grown and expanded along side each other, always in conflict but never experiencing an ultimate victory. Opposing movements' interactions both constrain and enable political action for organizations in the opposing camp. My analysis relies upon archival material from lesbian and gay historical societies and archives across the country as well as secondary historical materials to track the shifts within the lesbian and gay movement caused by the emergence of the Christian antigay countermovement, the interactive impact of each movement on the other, and cultural contests over symbols such as family, God and freedom in activists' claims. I draw on the insights of the social movements literature to evaluate the impact that one opposing movement has on the other, and I find that although countermovements actively work to hinder the progress of their opponent, their actions often have unintended consequences which effectively help their opponent
From the streets to the voting booth and back : contexts, institutions, and political participation in American cities, 1979-2003 by Neal Caren( )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This effect is strongest in cities with high levels of cleavages between whites and African Americans. In an analysis of Houston and San Antonio elections using ecological inference to estimate racial and ethnic turnout rates, I find that it is non-white residents who are disproportionately voting in these elections. Next, I use propensity score matching to analyze survey data on protest participation by residents of fourteen big U.S. cities. I find significant variation in protest rates across cities, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors and political beliefs. Central to explaining the variation across cities is the density of informal networks, a critical mass of potential protestors, and history of oppositional culture. Finally, I compare two protest episodes following incidents of police brutality, one in Chicago and one in New York
Interests in contexts and institutional democracy : the politics of abortion policy in liberal welfare states, 1950-2000 by Drew Halfmann( )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
After the initial reforms, abortion policy was stable in Great Britain, but there was weak retrenchment in the United States and strong expansion in Canada. Political institutions and policy legacies again played an important role in mediating the strength and priorities of organized medicine, social movements and political parties. Several institutional factors, which varied across countries, acted as barriers to change. These included party discipline (which helped parties to avoid the abortion issue), the relative immunity of political parties to the influence of social movements, and the enactment of initial reforms through policy-making mechanisms with limited democratic accountability (such as private member's bills, free voting and court decisions)
The divided female state: Gender, citizenship, and United States social policy development, 1945--1990 by Yvonne Zylan( )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This dissertation addresses the causes of this bifurcation of policymaking for American women through a historical and quantitative analysis of state- and national-level developments in five policies: equal pay for equal work, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, day care for children, domestic violence legislation, and comparable worth policy. The evidence indicates that policy development in the United States has resulted less from the kind of political mobilization and class-based struggle characteristic of many Westem European nations and more from institutional innovation and state-based problem solving
Knocking on the door : the national politics of housing and racial segregation in the United States by Chris Bonastia( )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This dissertation contrasts the establishment of affirmative action in employment with the failure of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to establish aggressive, race-conscious policies attacking residential segregation. While recounting the involvement of the federal government in race and housing from Reconstruction to the current day, this research focuses on the Nixon Administration. During this time, a newly passed fair housing law, increased governmental involvement in housing production, and a body of court decisions supporting bold measures by civil rights agencies provided an unparalleled window of opportunity for the federal government to address this important policy issue. Making use of previously untapped archival sources from HUD and the Nixon Presidential Materials, this dissertation argues that the key to understanding the divergent outcomes in housing and employment is consideration of these policies' "institutional homes," which have both direct and mediating effects on policy development. Bureaucrats in the employment bureaucracies had singular missions and clear career incentives to devise aggressive approaches to employment discrimination. In contrast, the fair housing staff at HUD found itself in a disjointed bureaucracy comprised of many formerly independent agencies with multiple missions. A disadvantaged institutional home, like that faced by HUD's fair housing staff, will tend to: encourage policy feedback that constrains rather than enables aggressive action; dilute the impact of institutional activists; increase the threat of Presidential sanctions; and enhance the risk of "delegitimation" by other political actors and the media. This dissertation illustrates how HUD fell prey to these dangers, as scandals at the Federal Housing Administration gave President Nixon the political justification to freeze housing funds and consequently derail the agency's desegregation efforts
Sexual orientation policy, protest, and the state by Mary Bernstein( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This research develops the idea of "identity deployment" as a form of strategic collective action. I argue that interactions between social movements, the state, and the opposition influence strategy choice and the types of identities deployed. The types of identity strategies chosen influence policy outcomes as well as the movement- and community-building necessary to sustain activism. To the extent that these goals require different strategies, movements will face internal conflict
Taking exception : explaining the distinctiveness of American public policies in the last century by Edwin Amenta( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Redefining the new deal: world War II and the development of social provision in the United States by Edwin Amenta( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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