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The Experts' War on Poverty: Social Research and the Welfare Agenda in Postwar America

Romain D. Huret


This book traces the efforts of a dedicated community of experts to create a policy bureaucracy that reigned until Richard Nixon implemented the Family Assistance Plan in 1969. Although they toiled in relative obscurity, this cadre of experts waged their own war on the American political establishment, creating policies that challenged the unscientific prejudices that ruled DC politics. The Experts’ War on Poverty highlights the metrics, research, and economic and social data that these social scientists employed in their day-to-day work. Huret argues that this internal “war” at a time of grea ... More

Keywords: US History, US Welfare State, Poverty, Welfare, Federal Government, Expertise, Social Movement, Science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450488
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Romain D. Huret, author
University of Lyon

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