Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality
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Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality by Joel F. Handler
Book DescriptionWith the passage of the 1996 welfare reform, not only welfare, but poverty and inequality have disappeared from the political discourse. The decline in the welfare rolls has been hailed as a success. This book challenges that assumption. It argues that while many single mothers left welfare, they have joined the working poor, and fail to make a decent living. The book examines the persistent demonization of poor single-mother families; the impact of the low-wage market on perpetuating poverty and inequality; and the role of the welfare bureaucracy in defining deserving and undeserving poor. It argues that the emphasis on family values - marriage promotion, sex education and abstinence - is misguided and diverts attention from the economic hardships low-income families face. The book proposes an alternative approach to reducing poverty and inequality that centers on a children's allowance as basic income support coupled with jobs and universal child care.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521690454
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joel F. Handler
Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality, Hardback (November 2006)
This book challenges the assumption of the decline of welfare.
Social Citizenship and Workfare in the United States and Western Europe, Paperback (April 2004)
Compares workfare policies in the United States and Western Europe aimed at the 'workless' population.
We the Poor People, Paperback (November 1997)
The authors of this text discuss current policies, efforts and programmes designed to deal with the poor and analyze what works, what does not work, and why. They promote policies that would facilitate leaving welfare for work - particulary in the case of single mothers.
Down from Bureaucracy, Hardback (April 1996)» View all books by Joel F. Handler
Traces the ideological shifts of empowerment from its beginning as a cornerstone of the war on poverty in the 1960s to its central place in conservative market-based voucher schemes for school reform in the 1990s. This book shows that in the past the gains from decentralization have proved to be more symbol than substance.
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Author Biography - Joel F. Handler
Joel F. Handler has been a Professor of Law, specializing in social welfare law and policy, poverty, welfare bureaucracies, and comparative welfare states. He has published several books and articles, has won the American Political Science Association prize for the best book in US National Policy (1997) and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has lectured in Europe, Israel, South America, and Asia. Yeheskel Hasenfeld is a Professor of Social Welfare. His research focuses on the dynamic relations between social welfare policies, the organizations that implement these policies and the people who use their services. He has written extensively on human service organizations, the implementation of welfare reform, and the non-profit sector. His book on Mobilizing for Peace won the 2003 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize. He is a visiting scholar at several universities in Israel, Japan and Singapore.
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