Law Term


Definition of CLOWARD-PIVEN:

A political strategy to overload the public welfare system to the point it creates a crisis and bankrupts the nation, leaving the country no choice but to adopt a socialist/communist agenda.

Understanding CLOWARD-PIVEN: The Demolition Of The Middle Class

The Cloward.–Piven theory is an economic theory outlined by American social scientists and political radicals Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that highlight the importance of group conflict for economic growth. It is the book that laid the groundwork for today’s economic policies in the United States. In this book, both the radical and conservative views on issues of social conflict are given equal weight. In other words, both sides of the political spectrum have been given a chance to have their say in how economic policies should be formulated and implemented.

In their book, the two social scientists sought to demonstrate that traditional remedies like punishment, surveillance, bullying, propaganda, and ostracism are ineffective and might even push society in the wrong direction. They further reasoned that poor economic policies based on punishment, surveillance, or ostracism are more likely to result in more rioting and social turmoil than good policies that foster peaceful expression and economic growth. For this reason, they recommended creating a” Poor People’s Budget” and providing funds for projects aimed at improving the lives of the poor through non-violent direct action and the provision of services. This book has since become famous and has had a significant impact on American public policy.

The main argument of the book is that poor policies that focus on individual rights, particularly the right to peaceful expression, and are promoted by liberal and democratic societies are more likely to result in social turmoil and social explosion, mainly when the population adopts these policies as a whole through an election. The notion that an institution can be an obstacle to economic development is not new; however, the significance of the 1960s is that the population does not adopt the policies advocated by the book’s authors as a whole through an election. Instead, these policies spark massive protests against such institutions as schools, universities, and other public sector establishments. Although the policies in this book do not advocate for mass mobs to tear down the institutions that they deem to hinder their growth, their impact is nevertheless profound and is what makes CLOWARD-PIVEN so unique.