Deforming Welfare: How the Dominant Narratives of Devolution and Privatization Subverted Federal Welfare Reform
98 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2005
This article challenges the prevailing conventional wisdom that attests to the natural alliance between welfare reform and devolution; it identifies the serious harms that are engendered when states, for-profit corporations, and faith-based institutions implement the federal imperatives of welfare reform; and, ultimately, it puts forth a more dynamic, alternative policy framework that seeks to privilege both local voices and federal stewardship by forging anti-poverty partnerships centered on federal-state and public-private cooperatives.
Keywords: federalism, devolution, welfare law, poverty law, administrative law, Establishment Clause, church-state relations, faith-based initiatives
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