TITLE

Why "Workfare" Fails

AUTHOR(S)
Gideonise, Sarah
PUB. DATE
January 1988
SOURCE
Challenge (05775132);Jan/Feb88, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses welfare programme and it implementational results in the United States. Critics call workfare the modern equivalent of the workhouse, but workfare advocates hope that an aversion to working in menial jobs without pay will deter the poor from going on relief. Ronald Reagan, the President of the United States heralded renewed efforts to reduce government subsidies to poor families. The Reagan Administration wanted to replace WIN (Work Incentive Program) with a program called Greater Opportunities for Work (GROW), which required adult welfare recipients, including mothers with young children, to engage in education and job training. The existence of a large number of unproductive and unskilled people threatened to undermine economic recovery. Since the Depression of the 1930s, some federal programs in United States have provided income for "deserving" families without a breadwinner, but more often they have aimed at remedying personal defects that prevent poor people from meeting the society's expectations. Welfare recipients often lack the literacy and computational skills needed to benefit from job training.
ACCESSION #
6155416

 

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