The End of Welfare: Fighting Poverty in Civil Society

About the Book

Bill Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Alas, he has not. Despite the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, the modern welfare state is still fundamentally intact. In this book, The End of Welfare: Fighting Poverty in the Civil Society, Michael Tanner argues that that must change. He contends that government welfare programs have failed to accomplish their ostensible goal of alleviating poverty and, moreover, they have undermined the traditional American principle of voluntarism. The interventionist welfare state has replaced civil society with political society and the results have been disastrous.

About the Author

Michael D. Tanner is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, where he heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security. He is also the author of Leviathan on the Right: How Big‐​Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution.