The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 is used as a point of departure for a critique of contemporary welfare policy and the capitalist state. Martin and Torres set out to renew a critical Marxist method by extending it to an analysis of contemporary social policy. It is in this approach that they set out to argue that a critique of welfare policy within the context of capitalism is more timely and important than ever before.
Edward J. Martin is assistant professor of public policy and administration at California State University, Long Beach. Rodolfo D. Torres is associate professor of Chicano-Latino studies, planning, policy & design, and political science at the University of California, Irvine. Among his published works are Latino Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), New American Destinies (Routledge, 1997), and Race, Identity, and Citizenship (Blackwell, 1999). He is currently on the editorial boards of Socialist Review, Ethnicities, Urban Affairs Review, and most recently named Associate Editor of New Political Science.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Against Welfare Capitalism Chapter 2 Marxist Social Theory Reconsidered Chapter 3 Marx and the Marxist Methods Chapter 4 On Class Chapter 5 The State in Capitalist Society Chapter 6 Comparative Models of Welfare Policy Chapter 7 The Decline of the Capitalist Welfare State Chapter 8 Conclusion: The Welfare State and Alternative Futures