Unemployment Insurance: The Second Half-Century (La Follette Public Policy Series)
W. Lee Hansen,James F. Byers
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Politics & Government
University of Wisconsin Press (February 15, 1990)
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Modeled after Wisconsin’s own unemployment compensation plan in the 1930s, federal unemployment insurance has long been considered one of the most important public policy achievements of the New Deal. Always paying benefits according to legislative and administrative guidelines and never requiring a taxpayer bailout, the program has nonetheless undergone strains induced by structural changes in both the economy and the prevailing political milieu. An outgrowth of a conference to celebrate the program’s fiftieth anniversary, the papers collected in this volume describe the history of the program, analyze the strains it has undergone and that it faces in the 1990s, delineate the source of current debates over unemployment compensation, and offer suggestions for the future of the program.