The Great Risk Shift The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, Second Edition

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The Great Risk Shift The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, Second Edition by Hacker, Jacob S., 9780190844141
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  • ISBN: 9780190844141 | 0190844140
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  • Copyright: 3/27/2019

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On the eve of the financial crisis, Jacob S. Hacker wrote "the policy book of the year" (E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post) that demonstrated and explained the hidden story of growing economic insecurity. In this fully revised and updated second edition, he brings his powerful expose of the "Great Risk Shift" up to date with startling new evidence covering a decade of social and economic trends as well as compelling new policy ideas. Hacker shows that the safety net was unraveling long before the 2008 economic crisis, as more and more economic risk shifted from the broad shoulders of government and business onto the fragile backs of American families: the problems of risky jobs brought on by corporate restructuring and the "gig economy" of contingent work; risky families created by the rising costs and instabilities of parenthood; risky retirement caused by the collapse of traditional guaranteed pensions; and risky health care fueled by skyrocketing costs and unstable coverage. Every one of these trends has grown worse in the decade since the first edition's publication. Hacker shows what has changed and why, the ways in which ordinary Americans have been affected, and how we can fight back. Behind the risk shift, he contends, is the "Personal Responsibility Crusade" eagerly embraced by corporate leaders and conservative politicians-all buoyed by Trump's victory-who speak of an economic nirvana in which Americans are free to choose. But the result, Hacker reveals, has been very different: a harsh new world of economic insecurity in which far too many Americans are free to lose. Blending powerful human stories, big-picture analysis, and compelling ideas for reform, this new edition will ensure that it remains a rallying point in the struggle for economic security and broad-based prosperity in an increasingly uncertain world.

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