The Yale Law Journal

Karen M. Tani


Welfare and Rights Before the Movement: Rights as a Language of the State

Karen M. Tani

122 Yale L.J. 314 (2012).

In conversations about government assistance, rights language often emerges as a danger: when benefits become “rights,” policymakers lose flexibility, taxpayers suffer, and the poor lose their incentive to work. Absent from the discussion is an understanding of how, when, …