The Public Interest

The uses and limits of manpower policy

Lloyd Ulman

Winter 1974

Policies that had been billed in the 1960’s as specifics against inflation, unemployment, or poverty can hardly expect many enthusiastic endorsements today. Certainly, criticism of the so-called manpower polieies, which had been touted for all three jobs at one time or another-and whose financial support from the federal government had increased tenfold over the decade—should come as no surprise. On the other hand, the criticism seems to have come most strongly and with equal fervor from the opposite ends of the political spectrum; and some readers may wonder whether any policy that has become the target of such wide-angle cross fire can-like the man who hates children and dogs-be all bad. 

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