In the UK, both Conservative and New Labour welfare strategies have been influenced by American policies. British welfare reform has continued in recent years, while American policies appear to have stagnated. What now are the lessons of British reform for America?
The welfare we want? presents a detailed and unique comparison of welfare policies in the two countries. A team of international experts outlines, compares and contrasts the reform strategies pursued in each country and summarises the results to date. The editors argue that recent American reforms have failed to address key problems but that British ideas could refresh the American policy agenda. Moreover, both systems would gain from increased transatlantic policy dialogue.
Robert Walker is Professor of Social Policy at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham. Michael Wiseman is Research Professor of Public Policy and Economics, at the Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University, USA.
Contents: Sharing ideas on welfare ~ Robert Walker and Michael Wiseman; Welfare in the United States ~Michael Wiseman; The British perspective on reform: transfers from, and a lesson for, the US ~ Alan Deacon ; Eradicating child poverty in Britain: welfare reform and children since 1997 ~ Mike Brewer and Paul Gregg; The art of persuasion? The British New Deal for lone parents ~ Jane Millar; Beyond lone parents: extending welfare-to-work to disabled people and the young unemployed ~ Bruce Stafford; Shaping a vision of US welfare ~ Robert Walker and Michael Wiseman.