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Building Better Social ProgramsHow Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy$
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David Stoesz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001

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Silver Bullets and Other Obstacles

Silver Bullets and Other Obstacles

(p.271) Chapter 14 Silver Bullets and Other Obstacles
Building Better Social Programs

David Stoesz

Oxford University Press

The prospects for reorienting social programs for residents of flyover country diminish as the left wing of the Democratic Party proposes programs that are ruinously expensive and fail to resonate with working-class voters. A key issue of the 2016 presidential election was the influence of cartels that favor professionals over workers without a college degree. Thus, proposals like a universal basic income, Medicare for All, and free public college are likely to alienate blue-collar voters.

Keywords:   working-class, blue-collar voters

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