University of Wisconsin–Madison

Response from the authors

We want to thank Larry Mead for the thoughtful reading of and response to our book. We clearly consider our work in dialogue with some of the ideas he has put forward in Beyond Entitlement and other writings, and we welcome the opportunity to keep the dialogue going. We appreciated his acknowledgement of the gaps our book fills in the literature on the work experience of welfare participants, as well as our documentation of the episodic nature of welfare use in recent history, and our picture of how the system of provision works on the ground.