Welfare Transformed: Universalizing Family Policies That Work

Hardcover | September 5, 2007

byRobert Cherry

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In the ten years after President Clinton made good on his promise to "end welfare as we know it" by signing the reform act of 1996, the number of families on welfare dropped by over three million. This hotly contested legislation has fueled countless hyperbolic arguments from both sides of thepolitical spectrum rather than a clearheaded examination of the actual results of the reform. Robert Cherry steps into the fray with a story that differs sharply from both conservative and liberal critiques. He portrays the women who left welfare as success stories rather than victims, and stressesthe many positive lessons of the policy initiatives that accompanied the reform without downplaying the problems it created. The result is an eye-opening look at the ground-level repercussions of welfare policy changes, developments that have been overshadowed by partisan politics for too long. Anchored by solid economic research and policy background, Welfare Transformed comes alive with revealing interviews of key members of the Clinton Administration, directors and staff at welfare-to-work programs and community colleges, and - most importantly - welfare leavers themselves. Cherrycarefully explains the factors (racial, social, economic, generational) that spurred and shaped the reform, and moves past partisan rhetoric in his review of its effects. Instead, he pays attention to concrete data and real people's experiences that combine to provide a full account of thelegislation's aftermath. Armed with this new view, Cherry offers a range of strong suggestions for transforming successful welfare policies into universal family policies, from strengthening federal economic supports for working families to improving our community colleges. A refreshing take on alightning-rod subject, this book is certain to foment heated discussions among all who read it.

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In the ten years after President Clinton made good on his promise to "end welfare as we know it" by signing the reform act of 1996, the number of families on welfare dropped by over three million. This hotly contested legislation has fueled countless hyperbolic arguments from both sides of thepolitical spectrum rather than a clearheade...

Robert Cherry is a Koppelman Professor of Economics at Brooklyn College and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute. He has written widely on the economic aspects of discrimination and related policy issues, including affirmative action, immigration, and federal tax subsidies for workers. His most recent books are Who G...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.3 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:September 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195183126

ISBN - 13:9780195183122

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: SETTING THE STAGE FOR REFORM1. Moving Families Forward2. Changing Welfare as We Know It: Clinton's Make Work Pay Philosophy3. The Post-Migration Generation4. Domestic Violence, Teen Childbearing, and RacePART TWO: MEASURED SUCCESSES5. Welfare Reform During the Economic Boom6. Importance of a High-Employment EconomyPART THREE: MOVING FORWARD7. Moving Forward: Federal Child Support Policies8. Moving Forward: Vocational Training that Works9. Moving Forward: Strengthening Partner Relationships and Child Support10. TANF Reauthorization: Where Do We Go From Here?

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"This is a welcome addition to the literature on welfare reform...Cherry is refreshing...Highly recommended."--Choice