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The Poverty of Welfare Reform

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In this book Joel Handler, a national expert on welfare, points out the fallacies in the current proposals for welfare reform, arguing that they merely recycle old remedies that have not worked. He analyzes the prejudice that has historically existed against "the undeserving poor" and shows that the stereotype of the inner-city woman of color who has children in order to stay on welfare is untrue. Most welfare mothers are in the labor market, says Handler; however, the work that is available to them is most often low-wage, part-time employment with no benefits. Efforts to move large numbers of welfare recipients to full-time employment are not likely to be successful, especially since most of the welfare programs for single mothers are at the state and local levels, and these governments are reluctant to spend the extra money needed to institute work or other reform programs. Handler suggests that national reform efforts should focus less on welfare and blaming the victim and more on increasing labor markets and reducing poverty through legislation that promotes, for example, the Earned Income Tax Credit and universal health care benefits. Welfare reform, by itself, does nothing to improve the job market, and unless there are more jobs paying more income, we will have done nothing to lessen poverty or reduce welfare.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-167) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300064810
Author:
Jandler, Joel F.
Author:
Handler, Joel F.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Poverty -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
SOC045000
Subject:
Public welfare -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Yale Fastback Series
Series Volume:
103-71
Publication Date:
19950931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.56 lb

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