Michael B. Fabricant and Steve Burghardt. The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Service Work. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1992. $42.50 hardcover, $16.50 papercover.

The damaging impact of the Reagan era and its policies on the human services has been well documented. Numerous studies have shown how budget cuts, the increased privatization and commercialization of programs, and the greater use of purchase of services contracting have limited the ability of public agencies to serve those in need. Introduced ostensibly to promote greater efficiency and to enhance "value for money", there is little evidence that these changes have met their intended objectives. Today, the problems of poverty are greater than ever before, and few social policy analysts believe that the retrenched welfare state has responded effectively to social need.

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