Welfare Reform: A Race to the Bottom?
This timely collection presents research contributing to the ongoing debate over welfare reform in the 1990s. Some chapters argue that the law will lead states to restrict benefits out of fear of becoming “welfare magnets.” Other chapters assert that no such shift is taking place. Still others point to evidence that states are serving as “laboratories of democracy.”
Most chapters were prepared for a conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and published as a special edition of the journal Publius. They have been supplemented by two new chapters, a new introduction by Sanford F. Schram, and an index.
Sanford F. Schram is a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Samuel H. Beer is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Emeritus, Harvard University.