Obama's Welfare Legacy: An assessment of US anti-poverty policies

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The election of Barack Obama in the midst of the 2008 economic downturn brought hope to millions and presented an opportunity for expanding socio-economic rights. But the Obama administration was consistently constrained by the challenges of divided government, and the now threatened Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) remains the stand-out welfare reform of his Presidency.
Using new research, Anne Daguerre examines Obama’s legacy on welfare and antipoverty policies, focusing in particular on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The book provides an up-to-date account of the contemporary politics of poverty and public entitlements in the US, comparing this with the Western European experience and its traditionally strong commitment to social welfare, to assess what lessons can be learned.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages164
ISBN (Print)9781447338338
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an chapter published in Obama's welfare legacy: an assessment of US anti-poverty policies. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at: https://policypress.co.uk/obamas-welfare-legacy


  • Welfare Reform
  • welfare restructuring
  • Policy making


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