The Welfare Debate

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Welfare politics have now been part of American life for four centuries. Beyond a persistent general idea that Americans have a collective obligation to provide for the poorest among us, there has been little common ground on which to forge political and philosophical consensus. Are poor people poor because of their own shortcomings and moral failings, or because of systemic societal and economic obstacles? That is, does poverty have individual or structural causes? This book demonstrates why neither of these two polemical stances has been able to prevail permanently over the other and explores the public policy—and real-life—consequences of the stalemate. Author Greg M. Shaw pays special attention to the outcome of the 1996 act that was heralded as ending welfare as we know it.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Sep 30 2007


  • US Public Policy
  • US Public Welfare
  • US Social Policy
  • US Healthcare
  • US History


  • Growth and Development
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science
  • Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Health Policy

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