Deforming Welfare: How the Dominant Narratives of Devolution and Privatization Subverted Federal Welfare Reform

98 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2005  

Jon D. Michaels

University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Michaels, Jon D., Deforming Welfare: How the Dominant Narratives of Devolution and Privatization Subverted Federal Welfare Reform. Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 34, p. 573, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=764684

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