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More than welfare and poverty in America, this Division III is motivated by the problematic, if not paradoxical, approach that the political and legal structure has taken towards alleviating and solving poverty, which is defined by an attempt to understand what effect, if any, welfare has had upon individual's decisions. Welfare policy and its subsequent reforms, reflects the obsessive, if you will, need to conceptualize poverty through behavioral responses. Consequently, welfare policy demonstrates America's "chicken or egg" perception of poverty. In other words, welfare policy struggles to distinguish whether certain behaviors elicit poverty or whether poverty in itself prompts a particular set of behaviors. Each understanding of poverty has justified different modes of intervention, but each lens emphasizes a particular set of behaviors as an indication of poverty. Therefore, the foundation of this Division III lies around understanding the effects welfare policy has upon the decisions of individuals and families in order to measure the adequacy and effectiveness of the current welfare system in order to determine the best mode of reform. Includes a Bibliography.
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