Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law

Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law

by Ron Haskins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815735154

ISBN-13: 9780815735151

Pub. Date: 08/28/2007

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Work over Welfare tells the inside story of the legislation that ended "welfare as we know it." As a key staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee, author Ron Haskins was one of the architects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. In this landmark book, he vividly portrays the political battles that produced the most dramatic

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Work over Welfare tells the inside story of the legislation that ended "welfare as we know it." As a key staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee, author Ron Haskins was one of the architects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. In this landmark book, he vividly portrays the political battles that produced the most dramatic overhaul of the welfare system since its creation as part of the New Deal.

Haskins starts his story in the early 1990s, as a small group of Republicans lays the groundwork for welfare reform by developing innovative policies to encourage work and fight illegitimacy. These ideas, which included such controversial provisions as mandatory work requirements and time limits for welfare recipients, later became part of the Republicans' Contract with America and were ultimately passed into law. But their success was hardly foreordained. Haskins brings to life the often bitter House and Senate debates the Republican proposals provoked, as well as the backroom negotiations that kept welfare reform alive through two presidential vetoes. In the process, he illuminates both the personalities and the processes that were crucial to the ultimate passage of the 1996 bill. He also analyzes the changes it has wrought on the social and political landscape over the past decade.

In Work over Welfare, Haskins has provided the most authoritative account of welfare reform to date. Anyone with an interest in social welfare or politics in general will learn a great deal from this insightful and revealing book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815735151
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1.  Building the American Welfare State
Chapter 2.  Laying the Groundwork
Chapter 3.  House Republicans Unite behind Radical Reforms
Chapter 4.  The Contract with America
Chapter 5.  The House Initiates the Revolution
Chapter 6.  The Battle in the House, Part I: Hearings
Chapter 7.  The Battle in the House, Part II: Markups
Chapter 8.  The Battle in the House, Part III: The Floor
Chapter 9.  The Senate Joins the Revolution
Chapter 10.  Budget Issues Trump Welfare Reform
Chapter 11.  Clinton Vetoes Welfare Reform
Chapter 12.  The Governors Revive the Revolution
Chapter 13.  The Revolution Threatened
Chapter 14.  Triumph: Clinton Signs
Chapter 15.  Ten Years Later: The Triumph of Work
Appendix. The Welfare Reform Bill that Reshaped American Social Policy
Notes
Index

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