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America's Misguided Approach to Social Welfare

How the Country Could Get More for Less

Author: Kimberly J. Morgan
January/February 2013
Foreign Affairs


The amount of resources the American public and private sectors commit to all forms of welfare is massive -- the fifth highest outlay in the world. Yet the American way of distributing that money does less to reduce poverty and inequality than that of virtually any other rich democracy. The United States can, and should, reform its welfare state, and it does not need to resort to European style socialism to do so.

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