Responding to Welfare Privatization: New Tools for a New Age
Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 44, No. 11-12, p. 545, March-April 2011
13 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2011 Last revised: 2 Jun 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2011
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.
Keywords: welfare, privatization, contracting, governance, accountability
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