Expectations and Policy Work: WIN In New York City

Lawrence M. Mead

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    Work requirements for welfare recipients have done l i t t l e to reduce the welfare rolls. The usual explanation that limited skills and openings prevent recipients working is unpersuasive, since low‐skilled work seems to be quite widely available. This study of the Work Incentive (WIN) program, the main welfare work program, in New York City found that whether recipients work depends mainly on whether WIN seriously expects them to. Thus, the welfare work problem is more political than economic. It lies in our reluctance to obligate recipients to function socially as we would other people.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)648-662
    Number of pages15
    JournalReview of Policy Research
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - May 1983

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Public Administration
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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