A British view of why the debate on whether US welfare helps poor people or creates dependency has shifted to the vantage point of conservatives. Considers such questions as what happened to welfare, how did it become fraught with problems and abuses, and why and when it shifted from being an answer to being a problem itself. Devotes a chapter to the 1996 welfare reform bill and its impacts on the states in 1997. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.