11-19-07 - GOV 310L Welfare Reform Policymaking traps...

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GOV 310L 19/11/2007 12:03:00 Welfare Reform Policymaking traps Forces for reform The politics of social policy Divergent outcomes Welfare reform most comprehensive reform initiatives fail why? o they raise issues of race, class, and sex issue because who receives welfare o they force policymakers to confront a series of distinctive traps. o dual clientele trap 1 st  trap that says that welfare serves 2 clientele because they  serve poor children (very appealing constituency and seen as  very deserving) and the poor parents (who are not seen as very  deserving).  People are sympathetic to the poor kids but they  don’t want to help to poor parents o money trap this has to do with the fact that many Americans think that too  much money is spent on welfare Forces for Reform (proposed by Kingden) the problem stream the policy stream the politics stream The problem stream poverty rates for American children
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rising number of welfare recipients rise in out-of-wedlock births o trend in American public more generally also evidence of “intergenerational dependency”
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