Invoking the Invisible Hand
Social Security and the Privatization Debates
Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
332 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00
- ISBN: 9781609174996
- Published: March 2009
In Invoking the Invisible Hand Robert Asen scrutinizes contemporary debates over proposals to privatize Social Security. Asen argues that a rights-based rhetoric employed by Social Security's original supporters enabled advocates of privatization to align their proposals with the widely held belief that Social Security functions simply as a return on a worker's contributions and that it is not, in fact, a social insurance program.
By analyzing major debates over a preeminent American institution, Asen reveals the ways in which language is deployed to identify problems for public policy, craft policy solutions, and promote policies to the populace. He shows how debate participants seek to create favorable contexts for their preferred policies and how they connect these policies to idealized images of the nation.
Contents Acknowledgments 000 Introduction. The Market Reaches for Social Security 000 Chapter 1: Policy Polysemy and the 1935 Social Security Debates 000 Chapter 2: Competing Metaphors of Insurance and Investment 000 Chapter 3: Representing Target Populations 000 Chapter 4: Reconstructing a Time for Reform 000 Chapter 5: Going Public with Privatization 000 Conclusion: Securing a Vibrant Democracy 000 Notes 000 Index 000
2011 Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism
— 2011 Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism