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Week 4 Discussion Notes 1) Who’s got articles for this week? 2) Questions about the lecture? 3) Questions of the week: Note quiz is available online. Discussion Questions Charles Murray argued in his book Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 that the social welfare policy or social welfare programs of the Great Society (e.g., AFDC) led to a breakup of the traditional two-parent family structure and also to an erosion of work ethic of the poor. Please read the chapter 12 of his book and identify his basic logic or premises on which his argument relied. Do you agree or disagree with his argument? Please substantiate your answer with a specific example (e.g., AFDC or TANF). George Gilder suggested three principles in his article “The nature of poverty” through the poor could get out of poverty. Please explain the three principles of upward mobility. Please discuss how these three principles that represent the core values of conservative ideas of social welfare are reflected in the current TANF program. Robert Rector and Patrick Fagan argued in their article “How welfare harms kids” that welfare dependence, not poverty, had most deleterious effects on children. In addition, they argued that welfare programs promoted illegitimacy and single-parent families, which were in turn supposed to negative effects on children’s well-being. Do you agree with their arguments? What are possible counterarguments of liberals against these arguments? DiNitto illustrated a variety of structural problems that appear to relate to the high poverty rates of female-headed families or minorities. Please list them and discuss how these structural problems lead to the higher likelihood of experiencing poverty among females and minorities. Please also discuss how these structural factors (e.g., wage gaps between men and women) are addressed in the conservative view of social welfare. Which one of the following explanations of the U.S. true ? (and--honest engine--there's only ONE true answer below...) Expenditures to families are less generous and harder to get (e.g. programs are "means- tested") than in Institutional welfare states, like Sweden or Denmark.
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