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Amenta, Edwin 1957-

Works: 21 works in 55 publications in 1 language and 2,666 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HN57, 361.610973
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Most widely held works by Edwin Amenta
Bold relief : institutional politics and the origins of modern American social policy by Edwin Amenta( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 621 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 383 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."--Jacket
The Wiley-Blackwell companion to political sociology by Edwin Amenta( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Wiley-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 concerning 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
The Blackwell companion to political sociology( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
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

The project offers a cultural-institutional framework that emphasizes bureaucratic missions, ideologies, and practices, as well as bureaucratic capacities and resources. The study identifies and analyzes four "critical moments" in ADC's transformation: (1) the Children's Bureau's bid to create the program in 1935, (2) the Social Security Administration's effort to distinguish "welfare" from "social security" prior to 1950, (3) sensationalized attempts by state and local governments to investigate program costs and to restrict eligibility after World War II, and (4) the Bureau of Public Assistance's failed attempt in the early 1960s to rescue the embattled program by proposing to "rehabilitate" recipients with social services. By 1967, the expertise of federal bureaucrats and their social welfare allies had been discredited and Congress had assumed greater control of ADC
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

What does it mean to participate in local politics? This dissertation explores the multiple ways that residents engage in politics, from the conventional routine of voting, to organized protest and the more spontaneous eruptions of political outrage. The first section analyzes a data set of 332 mayoral elections held in 38 cities between 1978 and 2003 collected for this project. Using pooled time series analysis, I find that socioeconomic differences explain little of the variation in turnout; rather, the structure of city government and its electoral procedures, along with the competitiveness of the campaigns, explain much of the variation. A high density of civic organizations slightly increases turnout, largely by increasing the competitiveness of elections. Candidate race and ethnicity also drives turnout, with interracial and interethnic competitions having higher rates of voter participation
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

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

Getting away from the basics : competing explanations for curricular change by Mikaila Lemonik Arthur( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation explains how new interdisciplinary areas of academic inquiry have become institutionalized in U.S. colleges and universities. It compares four theories of curricular change--which emphasize market forces, neoinstitutional forces and diffusion, faculty initiatives, and student movements, respectively--to determine how well each explains the emergence of women's studies, Asian American studies, and queer/LGBT studies over the past few decades. The dissertation uses a multi-methods strategy, including regression analysis, network analysis, fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA), and archival research of selected cases studies. The dissertation first tests market-based and diffusion (neoinstitutionalist) arguments, using regression analysis on an original dataset of sixty randomly selected colleges and universities
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

These differences are best explained by the power and priorities of organized medicine, feminists and abortion movement organizations, but these were strongly mediated by political institutions and the policy legacies of existing health care systems. Organized medicine in all three countries wished to maintain its discretion over abortion decisions, but American organized medicine made only minimal efforts to do so. This was because its historical priority was the preservation of a private medical system and because the movement to repeal abortion laws coincided with credible attempts to establish national health insurance. In addition, American federalism resulted in an incremental policy-making process which facilitated interaction between abortion reform and a broader feminist agenda
Controlling drugs in the welfare state : U.S. 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
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

The divided female state gender, citizenship, and U.S. 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

Part I examines the historical development of the lesbian and gay movement nationally and the emergence of the anti-lesbian and anti-gay opposition. Part II in turn looks at the strategies chosen by lesbian and gay activists seeking to pass lesbian and gay rights ordinances in four states with distinct political settings. Part III first examines the effect of those strategies on policy outcomes and on the social movements in each of the four states. Secondly, Part III assesses the relative importance of social movement characteristics and structural features of the state in determining policy outcomes by looking quantitatively across the fifty American states at the passage of lesbian and gay rights ordinances and the decriminalization of private consensual sodomy between adults
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
Comparative historical analysis in the social sciences( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 0 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
Making the most of a case study : theories of the welfare state and the American experience by Edwin Amenta( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Bold relief : institutional politics and the origins of modern American social policy
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When movements matter : the Townsend plan and the rise of social security