Pub Date2001
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Washington’s New Poor Law: Welfare Reform and the Roads Not Taken, 1935-Present

Sheila D Collins
Apex Press

The authors argue that the personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, popularly known as welfare “reform”, offers neither work opportunity nor real reform. In repealing the entitlement to welfare and failing to create an entitlement to work – at the same time as it imposes strict, time-limited work requirements – Washington has, in effect, written a new Poor Law.