ERIC Number: ED407506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
After AFDC: Welfare-to-Work Choices and Challenges for States. ReWORKing Welfare. Technical Assistance for States and Localities.
This book, which is intended to give stakeholders in state and local welfare policies a foundation on which to plan state/local reform efforts, summarizes some of the key findings and lessons from 2 decades of research on policies and programs aimed at increasing the self-sufficiency of low-income individuals and families. Chapters 1 and 2, which describe the context of welfare reform, examine the following topics: reasons for welfare's unpopularity; objectives of welfare reform; highlights of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996; characteristics of welfare recipients; characteristics of the labor market for low-skilled women; key features of the welfare system; and implications of welfare reform. Part 2, which is based on the research on increasing work and self-sufficiency among welfare recipients, covers the following topics: goals/limitations of welfare-to work programs; mandatory work and subsidized employment; pros/cons of changing financial incentives; and opportunities/risks of imposing welfare time limits. The book's final chapter focuses on goals and trade-offs, key challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities of welfare reform policies. Contains 12 figures/tables and 218 chapter endnotes. Appended is a discussion of work-related provisions of the 1996 federal welfare law. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act