INHIBITING INSTITUTIONAL INERTIA: SQUARING IRON TRIANGLES WHILE REFORMING WELFARE by ProQuest

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									    I HIBITI G I STITUTIO AL
     I ERTIA: SQUARI G IRO
        TRIA GLES WHILE
      REFORMI G WELFARE

                      Michael Reksulak∗
               School of Economic Development
                 Georgia Southern University
                            USA.


ABSTRACT

           The enduring slogan preceding the passage of the 1996 Per-
sonal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
(PRWORA) was “to end welfare as we know it.” Common political
wisdom is that, measured in caseload numbers and by welfare-to-work
efforts, the reform was an unmitigated success. This paper takes a look
into what Blank (2002) calls the “black box” of policy adjus
								
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