Work over welfare: the inside story of the 1996 welfare reform law
Transforming Welfare tells the inside story of the legislation that ended " welfare as we know it." As a key staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee, author Ron Haskins was one of the architects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. In this landmark book, he vividly portrays the political battles that produced the most dramatic overhaul of the welfare system since its creation as part of the New Deal. Haskins starts his story in the early 1990s, as a small group of Republicans lays the groundwork for welfare reform by developing innovative policies to encourage work and fight illegitimacy. These ideas, which included such controversial provisions as mandatory work requirements and time limits for welfare recipients, later became part of the Republicans' Contract with America and were ultimately passed into law. But their success was hardly foreordained. Haskins brings to life the often bitter House and Senate debates the Republican proposals provoked, as well as the backroom negotiations that kept welfare reform alive through two presidential vetoes. In the process, he illuminates both the personalities and the processes that were crucial to the ultimate passage of the 1996 bill. He also analyzes the changes it has wrought on the social and political landscape over the past decade. In Transforming Welfare, Haskins has provided the most authoritative account of welfare reform to date. Anyone with an interest in social welfare or politics in general will learn a great deal from this insightful and revealing book.
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Work over welfare: the inside story of the 1996 welfare reform lawUser Review - Book Verdict
Ten years have passed since President Clinton signed into law the "most radical welfare reform bill ever introduced in Congress" and ushered in a new era in American social policy. This book offers a marvelously detailed and nuanced study of the reform, which few are better suited to write about than Haskins, the codirector of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and a former House Ways and Means Committee staffer. His telling is energized by the fact that, although the bill's genesis lay with the Republicans' desire to eliminate Aid to Families with Dependent Children, there was ample support from the Democrats. Haskins embellishes his "you-are-there" chronological narrative with revealing accounts of the machinations of major House and Senate players. Through it all, the goal remained clear: to dignify welfare recipients with opportunities to break free from institutionalized poverty. This will make an excellent addition to all large public and academic libraries.-Peter R. Latusek, Stanford Graduate Sch. of Business Lib., CA
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With just a few jabs at stereotypical welfare mothers and the Democratic party and its members Haskins describes the life course of welfare reform in congress. In depth coverage of who said, who did ...