Kimberly J. Morgan and Andrea Louise Campbell

in The Delegated Welfare State

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199730346
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918447 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Postwar American Political Development


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This chapter provides an overview of how the American welfare state delegates authority to private actors through the contracting out of social programs and development of publicly-subsidized private welfare marketplaces. The chapter also provides a foretaste of the book’s arguments about the political forces that have led to these arrangements and the consequences of delegated governance. Finally, the chapter discusses the use of Medicare as a case study for this way of organizing social policy administration.

Keywords: medicare; health policy; contracting out; welfare state; governance

Chapter.  6870 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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