Obama's Welfare Legacy

An Assessment of US Anti-Poverty Policies

Anne Daguerre

Obama's Welfare Legacy

Anne Daguerre

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

136 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781447338338 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only

The election of Barack Obama during the 2008 economic downturn brought hope to millions and presented an opportunity for expanding socioeconomic rights. But the Obama administration was consistently constrained by the challenges of a divided government, and the now-threatened Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, remains the standout welfare reform of his presidency. In the first systematic assessment of Obama’s welfare and antipoverty programs, welfare reform specialist Anne Daguerre examines these legacies of his administration, focusing in particular on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs. Drawing lessons from comparison with the Western European experience and its traditionally strong commitment to social welfare, Obama’s Welfare Legacy provides an up-to-date, vital account of the contemporary politics of poverty and public entitlements in the United States.

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Alex Waddan, University of Leicester
“In this clearly written and well-researched book, Daguerre provides an insightful analysis of the successes and failures of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce poverty and inequality in the United States. She convincingly argues that the administration was serious in its efforts, but was hindered both by its own limited vision and also the fierce, and often effective, opposition from Republicans to even increment changes to existing programs and policies.”
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