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The welfare we want?The British challenge for American reform$
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Robert Walker and Michael Wiseman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344083

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344083.001.0001

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Sharing ideas on welfare

Sharing ideas on welfare

(p.1) One Sharing ideas on welfare
The welfare we want?

Robert Walker

Michael Wiseman

Policy Press

This book suggests that welfare policy malaise is best addressed by doing something that hardly comes naturally in the USA: looking outside, specifically to Britain. Over the past 5 years, welfare reform in Britain has in many ways moved beyond what has been accomplished in the USA. It is argued that results are worthy of attention as a source of ideas or points of reference for the resumed US debate over welfare and connecting social assistance to work. This book concerns the potential contribution of British experience to US policy perspectives on the issues on how to engender and sustain political support for providing adequate benefits for those without alternatives; how to integrate multiple programmes to promote work; how to focus policy on meaningful goals; and how to link policy evolution to programme experience. Welfare reform is recognised to be less important in itself than as one interrelated element in a coordinated policy response to social and economic change. Reform is part of modernizing government and the labour market to equip individuals and society better to succeed in an increasingly open and global economy.

Keywords:   welfare, policy, Britain, social assistance, reform, government

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