Responding to Welfare Privatization: New Tools for a New Age
Wendy A. Bach
University of Tennessee College of Law
April 1, 2011
Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 44, No. 11-12, p. 545, March-April 2011
University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 147
Privatization of the operation of public benefit programs in the wake of welfare reform has diminished the effectiveness of traditional approaches to advocacy. A case study from New York City of how private contractors succeeded in reducing welfare roles while imposing punitive policies on poor families offers a glimpse of possible new advocacy tools. Requiring contract-monitoring bodies that involve community members and advocates could help facilitate transparent contracting processes and reshape social welfare programs to serve clients.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: welfare, privatization, contracting, governance, accountability
Date posted: April 16, 2011 ; Last revised: June 2, 2011
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