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"In providing a lively account of the personalities, policies, and politics that shaped the landmakr welfare-reform legislation, Ron Haskins has produced an engaging primer on the complicated and arcane legislative process. In Work over Welfare, the account of how a bill becomes a law receives a remarkably entertaining treatment, and the book should find an appreciative audience well beyond his fellow academics." —Kate O'Beirne, National Review, 12/27/2006
"Ron Haskins, the House GOP staffer in charge of drafting the welfare-reform bill, has written an engrossing book about how this ambitious campaign proposal led to the most important domestic-policy requirements for welfare recipients.
This is both a terrific political-science text on how Congress functions (when it functions, that is) and an engrossing tale of a tense and dramatic political struggle." —E.J. McMahon, New York Post, 12/10/2006
"Haskins has done a superb job of telling the story of the landmark welfare reform legislation, providing wonderful insights about politics and policy-making as well as about welfare. Even for those who were less than enthusiastic about the substance of welfare reform, this is a fascinating and valuable read.
Haskins knows how to tell a good story, complete with laughs, suspense, empathy, novelistic details, memorable characters and a distinct point of view." —Frank Solomon, Policy & Practice, 12/1/2006
"This book offers a marvelously detailed and nuanced study of the reform, which few are better suited to write about than Haskins." —Peter R. Latusek, Library Journal, 11/1/2006
"Ron Haskins writes with humor and candor about the political process and the intrigue that brought the policy change. This insider's view, an accessible demonstration of how sausage (law) is made, is a 'must read' for those who want to make or change policy and need to know what it takes." —Eloise Anderson, senior fellow, Claremont Institute
"Ron Haskins has done a superb job of telling the story of the 1996 welfare reform legislation, with wonderful insights about politics and policymaking as well as about welfare. Even —or perhaps especially —for those of us who were and are less than enthusiastic about the substance of welfare reform, this is a fascinating and valuable book.
" —Mary Jo Bane, Harvard University
"In a new book, 'Work over Welfare,' Brookings Institution senior fellow Ron Haskins--a top Republican congressional staffer during the welfare debate--cites much evidence of success." —Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post and Newsweek, 8/3/2006
"This book will be of interest to all readers, and will be especially useful for upper-division and graduate policy process courses. Recommended." —S. Q. Kelly, Niagara University, CHOICE, 6/1/2007
"Well-written, well-documented (more than fifty pages of endnotes), and thought provoking. Haskins' understanding of history, social science research, policy, politics, research think tanks, and the legislative process is impressive....For policy experts and researchers interested in the history of welfare policy in the U.S., Haskins' Work over Welfare should be a must read." —Scott W. Allard, Brown University, Publius: The Journal of Federalism