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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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Shaping a vision of US welfare

Shaping a vision of US welfare

(p.175) Seven Shaping a vision of US welfare
The welfare we want?

Robert Walker

Michael Wiseman

Policy Press

A politically viable American vision of social assistance will surely differ markedly from the one guiding Britain's architects of reform. However, the UK experience offers important policy lessons. It may help American politicians in the new decade find a vision of welfare to run for, and not against. Such a transformation can only serve to enhance the international trade in policy ideas and practice. This chapter identifies the issues that require the collective wisdom of policy makers and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere to resolve. It illustrates how the book speaks directly to the failure of vision that characterised recent debates about the reauthorisation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Food Stamp Program which define US welfare. It determines the current living standards and prospects of millions of American families.

Keywords:   welfare, Britain, reform, family, social assistance

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