Course Descriptions

HS 354A — The Political Economy of the American Welfare State

Addresses the political and fiscal foundations of social outlays intended to promote opportunity, security, and equality. We will examine the tax as well as the spending side of the ledger. The course will explore the current politics of austerity as a remedy for budget imbalance and slow growth, and the impact on social spending. These welfare state programs include: retirement security, health, income-support, labor-market regulation and subsidy, the use of tax credits and incentives, and various programs to help children and their parents. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Kuttner