Welfare Reform

April 10, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 14
Should welfare benefits be used to change recipients' behavior?
By Kenneth Jost


Politicians across the country are pushing proposals that use welfare benefits to try to change the behavior of families receiving government assistance. Wisconsin's “Learnfare” program, for example, cuts a family's welfare benefits if children skip school too often. A new law in New Jersey will deny additional benefits to single women if they have more children while on welfare. Welfare advocates call such proposals punitive and question their effectiveness, but the public appears to approve of the idea. The debate over what is often called “the new paternalism” comes as welfare rolls are reaching record levels. As the political season heats up, candidates in both parties are promising further reforms of the welfare system, but the exact shape of those changes -- and their effects -- remains to be seen.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Aug. 2010  Social Welfare in Europe
Aug. 03, 2001  Welfare Reform
Dec. 06, 1996  Welfare, Work and the States
Sep. 16, 1994  Welfare Experiments
Apr. 10, 1992  Welfare Reform
Oct. 10, 1986  Working on Welfare
Mar. 09, 1984  Social Welfare Under Reagan
Apr. 17, 1981  European Welfare States Under Attack
Dec. 09, 1977  Welfare in America and Europe
Nov. 21, 1975  Future of Welfare
Dec. 20, 1967  Welfare Reform
Jun. 08, 1966  Guaranteed Income Plan
Oct. 04, 1961  Public Welfare Policy
Mar. 09, 1954  Worker Welfare Funds
Jul. 20, 1950  Welfare State
May 07, 1947  Union Welfare Funds
Jan. 10, 1940  Expansion of the Food-Stamp Plan
Welfare and Welfare Reform
Work and the Family