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Work and welfare

Author: Robert M Solow; Gertrude Himmelfarb; Amy Gutmann; et al
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1998.
Series: University Center for Human Values series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Solow condemns the welfare reforms recently passed by Congress and President Clinton for confronting welfare recipients with an unworkable choice - finding work in the current labor market or losing benefits. He argues that the only practical and fair way to move recipients to work is, in contrast, through an ambitious plan to guarantee that every able-bodied citizen has access to a job. Solow contends that the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Solow; Gertrude Himmelfarb; Amy Gutmann; et al
ISBN: 0691058830 9780691058832
OCLC Number: 38732084
Description: xix, 100 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Lecture I: Guess who likes workfare / Robert M. Solow --
Lecture II: Guess who pays for workfare / Robert M. Solow --
Comment / Glenn C. Loury --
Comment / Anthony Lewis --
Comment / John E. Roemer --
Comment / Gertrude Himmelfarb --
Response to comments / Robert M. Solow.
Series Title: University Center for Human Values series.
Responsibility: Robert M. Solow ; [comments by] Gertrude Himmelfarb ... [et al.] ; edited by Amy Gutmann.
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Solow condemns the welfare reforms recently passed by Congress and President Clinton for confronting welfare recipients with an unworkable choice - finding work in the current labor market or losing benefits. He argues that the only practical and fair way to move recipients to work is, in contrast, through an ambitious plan to guarantee that every able-bodied citizen has access to a job. Solow contends that the demand implicit in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act for welfare recipients to find work in the existing labor market has two crucial flaws. Solow concludes that it is legitimate to want welfare recipients to work, but not to want them to live at a miserable standard or to benefit at the expense of the working poor, especially since children are often the first to suffer. Instead, he writes, we should create new demand for unskilled labor through public-service employment and incentives to the private sector - in effect, fair "workfare." Throughout, Solow places debate over welfare reform in the context of a struggle to balance competing social values, in particular self-reliance and altruism.

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