The Next Round of Welfare Reform
The winter 2018 issue of Pathways examines whether the welfare reform of 1996 delivered as intended and whether it’s time to undertake a new round of reform.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Note
David Grusky, Charles Varner, Marybeth Mattingly, and Stephanie Garlow
Past, Present, and Future of Welfare
Newt Gingrich, Bruce Reed, and Diane Schanzenbach
The inside architects of welfare reform reflect on how the revolution happened, what it achieved, and what remains to be done.
The Unsuccessful Family Experiment
Daniel T. Lichter
For those who believe that the welfare reform bill was mainly oriented toward promoting work, it might be surprising to learn that the bill begins with this line: “Marriage is the foundation of a successful society.” How did the grand plan to save the family work out?
The Kids Are All Right
Janet M. Currie
How are our children doing? Are the doom-and-gloomers right?
Did Welfare Reform Increase Employment and Reduce Poverty?
Robert A. Moffitt and Stephanie Garlow
The welfare reform bill aimed to reduce dependence on welfare and increase self-sufficiency. A simple question: Did it work?
Welfare Reform and the Families It Left Behind
H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn Edin
What is welfare reform’s biggest failure? Find out here.
State Policy Choices
The welfare reform of 1996 was conceived in the main as an experiment with radical decentralization of policy. How is that decentralizing experiment faring? Five experts—Gordon Berlin, Michael Wiseman Robert Greenstein, Raquel Hatter, and Don Winstead—weigh in.
A New Social Compact
Where should we go from here? We close with three very different diagnoses ... and three very different prescriptions.
Funding from the Elfenworks Foundation gratefully acknowledged. 
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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, is partly supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Elfenworks Foundation, the Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ballmer Group, and The James Irvine Foundation.

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