In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill that ended welfare as we kw it in the US. Ten years later, Work over Welfare vividly portrays the political battles and policy debates that produced the most dramatic overhaul of welfare since its creation as part of the New Deal. It also examines the effects of reform on the social and political landscape over the past decade.
Ron Haskins is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. A former adviser to the President for welfare policy, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee's staff director. He is the author of Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (Brookings, 2006) and coeditor, with Rebecca Blank, of The New World of Welfare (Brookings, 2002).