Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

A Public Transformed? Welfare Reform as Policy Feedback

While welfare reform in the 1990s made welfare less salient as a public issue, the authors show that it did little to change the public's willingness to spend on anti-poverty efforts or to support the Democratic Party. After presenting relevant evidence from national survey data, the authors advance a general set of propositions to explain welfare reform's limited effects on mass opinion.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2006-025
  • Author(s): Joe Soss and Sanford F. Schram