Whose Welfare? AFDC and Elite Politics

Steven M. Teles, University Press of Kansas, 1996.


There is no way to overestimate the effect that Charles Murray’s book Losing Ground had on the intellectual debate on poverty. Murray’s modest proposal, the outright elimination of cash welfare, opened intellectual space not only on the right, but on the left as well, by making it difficult to avoid the fundamental questions of social policy.

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