American writers on social policy usually treat war as a diversion or interruption of progress towards a welfare state. The progressive era was cut off by World War I, the New Deal was liquidated as a hostile Congress and indifferent President turned their attention to World War II , and the War on rove-ty gave way to the war on Vietnam. "War," Max Lerner said in 1940, ''generally puts an end to any period of social reform." British writers, however, see it differently.
"Social Policy and War,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 4:
3, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol4/iss3/11
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