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The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored)

Maxine Eichner


This book critiques the expectation embodied in American public policy today that families will privately provide the resources and circumstances they and their members need through the market and without the help of government. This expectation, it argues, is eroding the well-being of American families across the economic spectrum. Free-market family policy, it asserts, is undermining the promise of the American Dream, which envisions a social order that helps all people reach their full potential and that supports the opportunity for all to lead rich, fulfilling lives. Without thriving famil ... More

Keywords: families, welfare state, economic inequality, economic insecurity, markets, children, adults, neoliberalism, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190055479
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190055479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxine Eichner, author
Professor of Law, University of North Carolina