Welfare to Work: A Social Policy Analysis

Welfare reform has existed as a central concern in the United States political discourse for several years, and nevertheless proves to be a major legislative responsibility today. Numerous policies and programs have been designed and enacted to tackle the war on poverty, yet current welfare metrics prove that the established policies fall short of the intended goal of removing families from insufficiency to self-sufficiency. This study considers the rigorous and often inflexible requirements and restrictions instituted as a result of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 and attempts to delve into the history of welfare reform to analyze if these policies truly benefit the impoverished population it aims to serve by promoting enduring sufficiency. A vigilant review of the literature will reveal that additional welfare reform strategies are necessary to achieve this goal.

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