Exploring the Delegated Welfare State

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

Exploring the Delegated Welfare State

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This chapter develops the concept of delegated governance and applies it to the American welfare state. The chapter also places the American practice in historical, comparative, and cross-policy perspective, analyzing how the US differs from other countries, but also how delegated governance in the welfare state has evolved over time and differs across policy areas. Of particular interest is the shift over time from relying on non-profits to increasingly using for-profit actors and social welfare marketplaces to deliver publicly-funded benefits and services. The chapter also discusses the implications of these administrative arrangements for scholarly debates about how best to characterize bureaucratic power and authority in the United States.

Keywords: governance; contracting out; welfare state; medicare; federal government

Chapter.  16173 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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