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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy$
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C. Henry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001

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Turning Our Backs on the New Deal

Turning Our Backs on the New Deal

The End of Welfare in 1996

(p.603) 21 Turning Our Backs on the New Deal
Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

Jeffrey Lehman

Sheldon Danziger

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), characterized as a regressive step that compromises the basic right of a safety net because employment opportunities are not available to most welfare recipients. The chapter focuses the changes brought about by PRWORA and the economic context and welfare reform. PRWORA totally abolished Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), replacing it with a system of block grants to state governments.

Keywords:   Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, PRWORA, employment opportunities, welfare recipients, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, AFDC, welfare reform

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