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Welfare Reform: Failure and Remedies: Book by Alvin L. Schorr

Welfare Reform: Failure and Remedies

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ISBN: 9780275970659    Publisher: ABC-CLIO Year of publishing: 2001     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 160        
Assesses accomplishments and damage created by the 1996 welfare reform. Schorr provides an informed examination of the sources of welfare reform its successes and considerable failures, and the economic...Read more
Assesses accomplishments and damage created by the 1996 welfare reform. Schorr provides an informed examination of the sources of welfare reform its successes and considerable failures, and the economic and social forces that shaped the 1996 we fare reform. He summarizes developments in the history of welfare that led to an overwhelming public call for reform. Having participated in many of these developments as a high government official and as a policy practitioner, Schorr brings a unique perspective to these issues. Assessment of accomplishments and damage rests on reports, research, and extensive data. Concluding that the 1996 legislation was the wrong way to go, Schorr explores underlying policy issues; Should all mothers be required to work at all times? How do we define poverty? How are wages related to welfare?--to frame solutions. In the process, Schorr underscores why welfare recipients are not a population distinct from the working poor population; that low wages, poor welfare, and our unequal distribution of income are tightly linked; and that reforming welfare will require major economic and social changes.
Schorr offers a chilling forecast of the society we will have if we continue on our current course and, as an alternative, outlines deeply changed more constructive policies. Must reading for scholars, students, and policy makers as well as those in the general public concerted with social welfare policies.
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About the author: Alvin L. Schorr
Alvin L. Schorr is Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare Emeritus, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Read more
Alvin L. Schorr is Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare Emeritus, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.
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Review:
As a social worker, policy maker and scholar, Alvin Schorr has spent his life advocating for poor families. From works such as Slums and Social Inequality to Common Decency: Domestic Policies After...Read more
As a social worker, policy maker and scholar, Alvin Schorr has spent his life advocating for poor families. From works such as Slums and Social Inequality to Common Decency: Domestic Policies After Reagan, his understanding of the lives of the poor, and the public policies that affect those lives, is unparalleled. In Welfare Reform: Failure and Remedies, Schorr provides a thorough background of the history of welfare policy in the United States. He also provides critical insight into the implementation of recent welfare reform' policies that have resulted, for the first time in 50 years, in the virtual elimination of the social safety net. Schorr's sympathetic portrait of the lives of poor families, helps us see more clearly the depth and extent of the hardships these families endure as a result of current federal welfare policy. For anyone who accepts without question the claims of the success of welfare reform, this book provides an invaluable dose of reality."-Paul Wellstone United States Senator
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