Reason Interview

Reason, May 1985.


REASON: Your book Losing Ground is very hot right now. Why did you go into this analysis of social welfare policy?

MURRAY: My professional background consisted of evaluating specific programs the government was sponsoring in education or social services or, when I was in Thailand, rural development. So few programs accomplished anything like their ambitions, despite a lot of effort, and I just kept seeing patterns and reasons why they didn’t accomplish what they were supposed to accomplish,‘and that led to the spin-off