What government can do argues on the contrary that federal state and local governments can and should do a great deal the authors examine a broad range of government programs that affect americans food housing health care education jobs and wages incomes and taxes finding that government policies already do in fact help alleviate poverty and economic inequality often these policies work far more effectively and efficiently than people realize and in ways that enhance . What government can do dealing with poverty and inequality by benjamin i page and james r simmons chicago university of chicago press 2000 pp 409 2900 cloth every few years a book is published that is designed to be accessible to a broad audience and to state plainly that government is far more effective than it is often made out to be that social policy is really not . It is often said that the federal government cannot or should not attempt to address americas problems of poverty and inequality because its bureaucracy is wasteful or its programs ineffective but is this true in this book benjamin i page and james r simmons examine a number of federal and local programs detailing what government action already does for its citizens and assessing how efficient it is at solving the problems it seeks to address their conclusion surprisingly is . What government can do dealing with poverty and inequality american politics and political economy series page benjamin i simmons james r on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers what government can do dealing with poverty and inequality american politics and political economy series. What government can do dealing with poverty and inequality user review kirkus deft and detailed defense of government activism to alleviate poverty and extreme inequality in the usdespite a
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