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The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

Edward D. Berkowitz and Larry DeWitt


This book offers the first comprehensive history of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), from its origins as part of President Nixon's social reform efforts to its pivotal role in the politics of the Clinton administration. Enacted into law in 1972, SSI marked the culmination of liberal social and economic policies that began during the New Deal. The new program provided cash benefits to needy elderly, blind, and disabled individuals. Because of the complex character of SSI, it provides the perfect subject for assessing the development of the American state in the late twentieth century. Supple ... More

Keywords: Supplemental Security Income, New Deal, welfare programs, benefits, American welfare state, disabilities, elderly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451737
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward D. Berkowitz, author
Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University

Larry DeWitt, author