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The politics of the minimum wage
Waltman, Jerold L., 1945-
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2000]

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xiii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The politics of ideas -- Brief political history through 1989 -- Public opinion -- The sociology of the minimum wage -- Policy-making : raising the minimum wage in 1996 -- Impact and feedback.
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Tracing the history of the minimum wage and exposing its contradictions as a political issue. Citing overwhelming public support for the minimum wage as evidence of an enduring civic consciousness and humanitarianism, Waltman advocates recasting the discussion in terms of a political economy of citizenship.

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Walltman (Univ. of Southern Mississippi) attempts to accomplish four goals: (1) expanding Theodore Lowi's policy making typology to the area of symbolic politics; (2) contributing to the literature on agenda setting; (3) examining attitudes on the minimum wage and determining who is affected by it, and (4) changing the nature of the debate over minimum wages from one that rests on individual gain to one that considers the benefits that come to society and the republic as a whole from this policy. The parts of the book dealing with the first and fourth goals seem rather forced and are not well integrated into the middle chapters. Walltman also overreaches with some of his conclusions drawn from the data he uses in making his argument. Despite these flaws, this book gives a good description of the politics surrounding this issue as well as those who are affected by it. Walltman also adds to the literature on agenda setting through his examination of enablers--people essential for pushing issues onto the agenda and through to successful passage. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. K. Buterbaugh; Northwest Missouri State University