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The System Worked: Our Schizophrenic Stance on Welfare

6 Pages Posted: 8 May 2008 Last revised: 14 May 2008

Robert L. Tsai

American University - Washington College of Law

Abstract

This is a review of Steven M. Teles's book, Whose Welfare? AFDC and Elite Politics (University Press of Kansas, 1996), which argues that welfare policy reflects a dynamic of elite dissensus, in which public policy fails to reflect popular opinion. I make two central points in the review: first, there are reasons to believe that welfare policy does, in fact, reflect a deeply conflicted American electorate; and second, such a conflict may reveal a healthy deliberative order struggling to reconcile changing priorities with enduring values.

Keywords: welfare, public policy, democracy, politics, elites, public opinion, law, rights, judicial review

JEL Classification: I3, J6, K4

Suggested Citation

Tsai, Robert L., The System Worked: Our Schizophrenic Stance on Welfare. Yale Law Journal, Vol. 106, No. 929, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1130459

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