Whose Welfare?: AFDC and Elite Politics

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"I am profoundly impressed with Whose Welfare?. I've sent this book all over Washington."—Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"Now that the United States is facing anew the question of what obligations are owed to the poor, this book could not be more relevant."—Alan Wolfe, author of One Nation, After All

"Deeply insightful. Teles uncovers why we have failed for many decades to develop a social welfare policy consistent with the public's preferences."—Christopher Winship, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

"Forcefully argued and clearly written. Teles seems really outraged that the poor and their needs and desires are left out of the politicians' posturing, and he is striving to design a policy that really would be better for all concerned."—Jennifer L. Hochschild, author of Facing Up to the American Dream

"Teles dramatizes the elite conflicts that make welfare hard to reform and shows why the issue cuts to the heart of American politics. He combines policy with theoretical perspectives, and he writes extremely well."—Lawrence M. Mead, author of The New Politics of Poverty

"An exciting and important book that should become a classic in the field."—Stanley Rothman, coauthor of The IQ Controversy, the Media, and Public Policy

Author Biography: Steven M. Teles is assistant professor of political science at Holy Cross University.

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Teles weaves a compelling story of the lost opportunities for 'successful' welfare reform. A tour de force.
Perspectives on Political Science
Whose Welfare? immediately lifts Teles into the top rank of scholars concerned with our nation's perplexing welfare problems.
Booknews
The author argues that the political debate on AFDC over the past 30 years has been dominated by an impasse created by an enduring conflict between opposing cultural elites that have largely disregarded public opinion. He analyzes AFDC from a New Democrat position, looking at subjects such as role of the courts, the rise of welfare waivers in the mid-1980s, the failure of the Clinton welfare plan, and the victory of block-granting over policy-oriented welfare reform, and advocates specific reforms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 AFDC: Consensus or Dissensus? 1
2 The Development of the AFDC Program 19
3 The Collapse of One Consensus, the Rise of Another 41
4 The Nature of the Elite Cultural Conflict 60
5 The Failure of Comprehensive Reform 75
6 The Role of the Supreme Court in AFDC 98
7 The Persistence of AFDC's Federal Form 119
8 Missed Opportunity: Dissensus, Devolution, and the Collapse of The Clinton Welfare Plan 147
9 Conclusion: Finding a Way Out 164
Notes 177
Bibliography 205
Index 221
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