Dr. Richard Caputo, director of the doctoral program at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, has published a new book titled U.S. Social Welfare Reform: Policy Transitions from 1981 to the Present, (Springer, 1st Edition, 2011).

The book examines the evolution of major federal cash assistance programs to low-income families, from the advent of the Reagan administration to the early Obama years. Written for the professional (but not requiring expertise in quantitative analysis to understand it), it details which programs succeeded, analyzes why others failed and highlights the need for further reform in the context of today’s economic climate. The uniqueness of its scope and presentation suits U.S. Social Welfare Reform to researchers in family relations, family sociology, economics of the family and social policy, whether the task at hand is reviewing past events or charting a future course of action.


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