Everyone is still on welfare: the role of redistribution in social policy.

Social work

PubMedID: 11682971

Abramovitz M. Everyone is still on welfare: the role of redistribution in social policy. Soc Work. 2001;46(4):297-308.
Most people have an inaccurate assessment of who is "on welfare." Two decades have passed since Social Work published the original version of this article, which applied Titmuss's framework of a three-tiered social welfare system and showed that nearly "everyone is on welfare." Based on new data and a more in-depth analysis, this article re-examines who benefits from and who pays for social, fiscal, and corporate welfare and concludes that all three welfare systems continue to serve and to favor the middle class, wealthy households, and large corporations. Social workers can work to transform the system from one that rewards power and privilege to one that ensures distributive justice for all.