Centenary lecture

Wills Memorial Building, 6.00pm, Admission free

Friday 23 January 2009

Professor David Ellwood, Dean of the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

What is beyond Welfare to Work? Reflections on the next generation of social policy

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Lecture description

In a number of developed nations, social policy has been undergoing a movement towards greater work and participation requirements and other conditions of benefit receipt. This talk will explore that history and discuss what the next generation of social policies might entail.

David T. Ellwood: biography

Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

A Harvard graduate, David T. Ellwood joined the Kennedy School faculty in 1980. In 1993 he was named Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. There he played a key role in the Administration’s development and implementation of critical social policy.

Recognized as one of the nation's leading scholars on poverty and welfare, Ellwood's work has been credited with significantly influencing public policy in the United States and abroad. His book, Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family, was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1988 and by the Policy Studies Organization as the outstanding book of the year.

He has received the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management’s David N. Kershaw Award, and the Morris and Edna Zale Award for Outstanding Distinction in Scholarship and Public Service from Stanford University.