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Significantimpressivean important and timely new book Garfinkel, Rainwater, and Smeeding provide a new and fascinating look at the US welfare state in comparative perspective Social Service Review Wealth and welfare states challenges longstanding views of the welfare state as a hindrance to capitalism, and of the US welfare state as a particularly anemic example This work is innovative in the existing comparative welfare state literature through its discussion of public education, as both key to the welfare state s success and an area in which the US is a historic leader Journal of Childern and PovertyThis book explores the role of the welfare state in the overall wealth and wellbeing of nations and in particular looks at the American welfare state in comparison with other developed nations in Europe and elsewhere It is widely believed that the welfare state undermines productivity and economic growth, that the United States has an unusually small welfare state, and that it is, and always has been, a welfare state laggard This book shows that all rich nations, including the United States, have large welfare states because the socialized programs that comprise the welfare state public education and health and social insurance enhance the productivity of capitalism In public education, the most productive part of the welfare state, for most of the th and th centuries, the United States was a leader Though few would argue that public education is not part of the welfare state, most previous cross national analyses of welfare states have omitted education Including education has profound consequences, undergirding the case for the productivity of welfare state programs and the explanation for why all rich nations have large welfare states, and identifying US welfare state leadership Fromthrough , the United States swung right politically and lost its lead in education and opportunity, failed to adopt universal health insurance and experienced the most rapid explosion of health care costs and economic inequality in the rich world The American welfare state faces large challenges Restoring its historical lead in education is the most important but requires investing large sums in education, beginning with universal pre school and in complementary programs that aid children s development The American health insurance system is by far the most costly in the rich world, yet fails to insure one sixth of its population, produces below average results, crowds out useful investments in children, and is the least equitably financed Achieving universal coverage will increase costs Only complete government financing is likely to restrain long term costs In memory of Robert J Lampman Colleague, Co author, Friend and Mentor