New Consensus on Family and Welfare

A Community of Self-reliance


This book offers the consensus of a philosophically diverse group of scholars and former government administrators on how to reduce welfare dependency. The Working Seminar bases its conclusions on statistical data on income, education, participation in the labor force, welfare benefits, marital status, and birth rates. Their findings describe a new form of poverty — behavioral dependency — caused not by low income alone, but by a growing inability to cope.

Originally Published: 1987


“Rarely does a work of scholarship attain to statecraft. The New Consensus on Family and Welfare does that and more. It compels agreement and arouses energies where all has been dissentience and resignation. A wondrous work.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan
U.S. Senator (D-N.Y.)