Social Policy & Social Justice

Social Policy & Social Justice

Social Policy & Social Justice

Social Policy & Social Justice


The Penn School of Social Policy and Practice enjoys a reputation as Penn's social justice school, for its faculty actively strives to translate the highest ideals into workable programs that better people's lives. In this election year, as Americans debate issues like immigration, crime, mass incarceration, policing, and welfare reform, and express concerns over increasing inequality, tax policy, and divisions by race, sex, and class, "SP2," as the school is colloquially known, offers its expertise in addressing the pressing matters of our day. The practical solutions on offer in this volume showcase the judgment and commitment of the school's scholars and practitioners, working to change politics from blood sport to common undertakings.

Contributors: Cindy W. Christian, Cynthia A. Connolly, Dennis Culhane, Ezekiel Dixon-Rom#65533;n, Malitta Engstrom, Kara Finck, Nancy Franke, Antonio Garcia, Toorjo Ghose, Johanna Greeson, Chao Guo, David Hemenway, Amy Hillier, Roberta Iversen, Alexandra Schepens, Phyllis Solomon, Susan B. Sorenson, Mark Stern, Allison Thompson, Debra Schilling Wolfe.


It should have been impossible. By some measures, it was a ludicrous idea. When HBO first launched in the early 1970s, there were so many reasons to bet against it.

For one thing, experts weren’t totally sure if the technology that the entire business plan was to be built on—distant satellites beaming signals from outer space to television sets in cities and suburban enclaves all across the country—would actually work. Underground cables were one thing, but few people seemed willing or able to guarantee that those satellites would even stay in orbit, which meant taking out insurance policies specifically for the damage that might be done to unsuspecting people and their property if any of the metallic contraptions came careening back down to Earth.

Even if satellites didn’t tumble out of the sky, there were still serious political and economic forces lined up against this fledgling endeavor. In fact, all the institutional supporters that HBO’s executives would have needed in their corner seemed hell-bent on thwarting them. The movie studios wouldn’t license them enough films. The major broadcast networks fought them tooth and nail. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) just about outlawed their . . .

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