Shaping a vision of US welfare

Robert Walker and Michael Wiseman

in The welfare we want?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344083
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303992 | DOI:
Shaping a vision of US welfare

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A politically viable American vision of social assistance will surely differ markedly from the one guiding Britain's architects of reform. However, the UK experience offers important policy lessons. It may help American politicians in the new decade find a vision of welfare to run for, and not against. Such a transformation can only serve to enhance the international trade in policy ideas and practice. This chapter identifies the issues that require the collective wisdom of policy makers and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere to resolve. It illustrates how the book speaks directly to the failure of vision that characterised recent debates about the reauthorisation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Food Stamp Program which define US welfare. It determines the current living standards and prospects of millions of American families.

Keywords: welfare; Britain; reform; family; social assistance

Chapter.  7657 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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