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June 2021
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A public option is a government-provided social good that exists alongside a similar privately provided good. While the public option is typically identified with health care policy, public options have been a longstanding feature of American life in a variety of sectors, ranging from libraries to swimming pools. Public schools, for example, coexist alongside private schools. However, there is surprisingly little research on 'public options' as a general category. Rather, over the last few decades, considerable scholarly and popular efforts to ensure access to important social goods have focused on market subsidies (like vouchers) or privatization – which both face increasing criticism. Uniting scholars from across disciplines, this volume delves into the theory of the public option, explores several important case studies, and shows how public options could be a corrective to the trend toward privatization and subsidies. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Politics, Policy, and Public Options
    pp i-ii
  • Politics, Policy, and Public Options - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Contributors
    pp vii-viii
  • Acknowledgments
    pp ix-x
  • Introduction
    pp 1-5
  • 3 - Challenges in Designing Equitable Public Options
    pp 45-57
  • 4 - What about Private Options?
    pp 58-79
  • 6 - The Irony of Health Care’s Public Option
    pp 99-116
  • 7 - Promoting Quality and Equality through Early Education and Care
    pp 117-133
  • 8 - Revamping Public Energy
    pp 134-152
  • 9 - A Public Option in Banking
    pp 153-174
  • Postal Banking


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