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The end of welfare : fighting poverty in the civil society

Author: Michael Tanner
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book traces the growth of the American welfare state from the colonial era through the latest welfare reform bill and shows that government welfare programs have been a disastrous failure for everyone involved: for taxpayers, who must pick up the bill for failed programs; for society, whose mediating institutions of community, church, and family are increasingly pushed aside; and most of all for the poor
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Tanner, Michael, 1956-
End of welfare.
Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, ©1996
(OCoLC)605161439
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Tanner
ISBN: 188257737X 9781882577378 1882577388 9781882577385
OCLC Number: 35360604
Description: vii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Poverty in America --
The rise of the welfare state --
The failure of the welfare state --
Why liberal welfare reform won't work --
Why conservative welfare reform won't work --
Replacing welfare --
Creating opportunity --
Conclusion : a new debate --
Appendix : Major welfare programs.
Responsibility: Michael Tanner.

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This book traces the growth of the American welfare state from the colonial era through the latest welfare reform bill and shows that government welfare programs have been a disastrous failure for everyone involved: for taxpayers, who must pick up the bill for failed programs; for society, whose mediating institutions of community, church, and family are increasingly pushed aside; and most of all for the poor themselves, who are trapped in a system that destroys opportunity for them and hope for their children.

Tanner carefully examines the welfare reforms most often suggested by both liberals and conservatives - from job training to child care to workfare - and rejects them as unlikely to solve welfare's problems. Concluding that welfare cannot be reformed, Tanner calls for an end to government welfare and a return to the civil society's tradition of self-help and private charity. Tanner uses both "real-world" examples and the latest academic data to show that the civil society offers a far better way to fight poverty. As the debate over welfare reform moves into its next phase, Tanner offers a provocative alternative that is neither liberal nor conservative and is based on true compassion.

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