The 70-year-old Social Security program has been widely successful-so much so that the average American is now supported by Social Security for 20 years. But that widespread success also has a dark side: It means that program failure would be devastating. Social Security faces grave funding problems and significant changes are likely. Are we ready for some hard choices?
Steven Livingston Social Security September 18, 2007 TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter I. Background and History The Origins and Development of Social Security The American Social Security Program Today Chapter II: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions The Social Security Trust Fund Saving Social Security: the Options Chapter III: Worldwide Perspective Canada: Moderate Reforms with Big Results? Germany: Clamp Down on Benefits? Australia: Putting Means-Testing to Work Sweden: Fully Funding Without Privatizing? United Kingdom: Voluntary Carve-Outs Chile: Privatization Chapter IV: Chronology American Chronology World Chronology Chapter V: Biographies Chapter VI: Documents Chapter VII: Directory of Organizations Institutions and Organizations of the United States Government Interest Groups and Lobbying Organizations Think Tanks Chapter VIII: Resources Glossary
Steven G. Livingston, Ph.D., is professor of political science and a senior research associate in the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.
"This title will be very useful for report writing." - Pennsylvania School Librarians Association "Livingston has produced a helpful introduction to this multifaceted and interdisciplinary subject that should facilitate academic research on social security." - ARBA