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Darren Barany

The New Welfare Consensus

Ideological, Political and Social Origins

SUNY Press 2018

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The 1996 repeal of Aid to Families with Dependent Children — the New Deal-era relief program for poor women with children — was a...

The 1996 repeal of Aid to Families with Dependent Children — the New Deal-era relief program for poor women with children — was a seminal moment in the modern history of the US welfare state. That the charge was led by a Democratic president makes it even more noteworthy. Join us as we speak with Darren Barany, author of The New Welfare Consensus: Ideological, Political and Social Origins (SUNY Press, 2018), who helps us understand how we got there, and how various strains of conservative anti-welfare thought came to dominate our discourse and our policy.


Stephen Pimpare is Senior Lecturer in the Politics & Society Program and Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of The New Victorians (New Press, 2004)A People’s History of Poverty in America (New Press, 2008), winner of the Michael Harrington Award, and Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford, 2017).