Ending public assistance: The transformation of US public assistance policy into labour policy

Karger, Howard Jacob (2003) Ending public assistance: The transformation of US public assistance policy into labour policy. Journal of Social Policy, 32 3: 383-401. doi:10.1017/S0047279403007074

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Author Karger, Howard Jacob
Title Ending public assistance: The transformation of US public assistance policy into labour policy
Journal name Journal of Social Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2794
1469-7823
Publication date 2003-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0047279403007074
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 383
End page 401
Total pages 19
Editor Hartley Dean
Tania Burchardt
Place of publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract A convincing argument can be made that US income maintenance policy would be better housed under the Secretary of Labour than with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Begun almost 30 years ago, the transformation of public assistance policy into labour policy reached fruition with the passage of the groundbreaking Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), a bill that would dramatically transform the face of the American welfare state. Despite the inclusion of important welfare policies, the PRWORA was essentially labour policy clothed in welfare terminology. This article examines the metamorphosis of public assistance policy into labour policy and proposes alternatives to promote durable labour force attachment as well as ways to ease former recipients into the workforce through equity-based labour policies. Copyright © 2003 Cambridge University Press
Keyword Welfare policy
Welfare economics
Labour policy
Labour economics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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