Responding to Welfare Privatization: New Tools for a New Age

Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 44, No. 11-12, p. 545, March-April 2011

University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 147

13 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2011 Last revised: 2 Jun 2011

Wendy A. Bach

University of Tennessee College of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bach, Wendy A., Responding to Welfare Privatization: New Tools for a New Age (April 1, 2011). Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 44, No. 11-12, p. 545, March-April 2011; University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 147. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1809047 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1809047

Wendy Bach (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee College of Law ( email )

1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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