A case study on the impact of welfare reform on Georgia's TANF recipients labor force entry and self-sufficiency, 2011

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
A case study on the impact of welfare reform on Georgia's TANF recipients labor force entry and self-sufficiency, 2011
Creator:
Foster-Rowell, Catherine
Contributor to Resource:
Awomolo, Abi
Boone, William
Roberts, Kristie
Date of Original:
2011-05-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
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Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: dissertation
Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Degree: 2011
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
This study examines the impact of welfare reform on Georgia Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) recipients labor force entry and self-sufficiency following passage of the Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act(PRWORA) of 1996. The study was based on the premise that the use of the cultural explanations of poverty theoretical framework was deficient in explaining the impact of welfare reform on Georgia TANF recipients and based on a review of the existing literature and the experiences of Georgia leaver cohorts at multiple time points. A longitudinal case study analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered from Georgia leaver studies from 1997 to 2007 to provide a secondary analysis of the impact of welfare reform on Georgias welfare recipients entry into the labor force, workforce attachment, household earnings and the ability to lift their families above the poverty level. The researcher found that the political-economic structure of poverty theories should be the theoretical framework used to explain how welfare reform has impacted Georgias TANP leavers following the passage of the PRWORA. This studys findings and the researchers review of the literature reveal that in order for Georgias TANF population to maintain an acceptable standard of living, they will need access to job opportunities, expanded safety net programs, and increased wages which are strategies that are purported by political economic structural theorist. In turn, this information should be used to inform programmatic and policy changes that will best meet the needs of those transitioning into the labor force and self-sufficiency.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2011_foster_rowell_catherine_e
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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