Helms School of Government


Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP)


Kahlib Fischer


Assistance to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), Poverty, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Welare Reform, Welfare


American Politics | Economic Policy | Political Science | Political Theory | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


This study seeks to explore the welfare system within the United States. The study spans from the Great Depression to the current state of TANF, post-welfare reform, to better understand the current state of welfare within the United States in order to analyze the need for further welfare reform. The initial disparities in the system, from the very beginning, are worth analyzing because it provides a framework to understand how disparities could possibly exist in the program today. Social Policy Programs are systems that have been built from multiple policies and components over time. Faulty, systematic issues, must be evaluated from the ground up in order to analyze how these methods have transpired throughout the program over time. Therefore, understanding the state of welfare from inception to present day is imperative to understanding its current state, as well as further reformations needed.