From Welfare to Workfare

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In 1996, Democratic president Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress “ended welfare as we know it” and trumpeted “workfare” as a dramatic break from the past. But, in fact, workfare was not new. From Welfare to Workfare (University of North Carolina Press) locates the roots of the 1996 welfare reform many decades in the past, arguing that women, work, and welfare were intertwined concerns of the liberal welfare state beginning just after World War II.

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