American Poverty in a New Era of Reform

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M.E. Sharpe, 2000 - Political Science - 239 pages
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The U.S. poverty rate today is about 13.3 percent. This modest statistic translates to some 35 million people -- greater than the total population of California, almost twice the population of Texas.

Clearly, American society has a stake in assisting as many of the poor as possible to become self-reliant, secure, and economically productive. This was the goal of the most comprehensive major public policy change in recent American history, the welfare reform plan enacted in August 1996.

In this book Harrell Rodgers offers a carefully documented assessment of poverty in America and the initial impacts of welfare reform -- which, fortunately, has been implemented during a period of economic expansion and low unemployment. He also underscores the importance of backing up welfare reform with policies that support families' efforts to make genuine, sustainable, long-term improvements in their lives and the prospects of their children.

 

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Rodgers (political science, Univ. of Houston), the well-regarded author of a multitude of writings on poverty and social welfare programs, examines results of the welfare reform plan that was enacted ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
How Many Americans Are Poor?
9
The American Poverty Population
25
Why Are People Poor in America?
63
The American Welfare System
83
Ending Welfare as We Know It
131
State Welfare Plans Under PRWORA
155
Early Evidence on the Impact of the 1996
177
Refining American Social Welfare Policy
205
References
217
Index
231
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