The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy - Studies in Postwar American Political Development 1 (Paperback)
  • The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy - Studies in Postwar American Political Development 1 (Paperback)
zoom

The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy - Studies in Postwar American Political Development 1 (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£31.49
Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 03/11/2011
  • We can order this from the publisher

UK delivery within 3-4 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Why are so many American social programs delegated to private actors? And what are the consequences for efficiency, accountability, and the well-being of beneficiaries? The Delegated Welfare State examines the development of the American welfare state through the lens of delegation: how policymakers have repeatedly avoided direct governmental provision of benefits and services, instead turning to non-state actors for the governance of social programs. More recent versions, such as the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, delegate responsibility to consumers themselves, who must choose from an array of private providers in social welfare marketplaces. Utilizing a case study of Medicare, along with the 2009-10 health care reform, authors Andrea Campbell and Kimberly Morgan argue that the prevalence of delegated governance derives from fundamental contradictions in American public opinion. Americans want both social programs and small government, leaving policy makers in a bind. In response, they contract out public programs to non-state actors as a way to mask the role of the state. Such arrangements also pull in interest group allies-the providers of these programs-who help pass policies in a political landscape fraught with obstacles. Although delegated governance has been politically expedient, enabling the passage and growth of government programs in an anti-government political climate, it raises questions about fraud, abuse, administrative effectiveness, and accountability. Social welfare marketplaces also suffer due to the difficulties individuals have in making choices about the benefits they need. In probing both the causes and consequences of delegated governance,The Delegated Welfare State offers a novel interpretation of both American social welfare politics and the nature of the American state.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199730353
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 434 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book moves the discussion of American state formation forward from a mere cataloguing of policies that have been hidden from view to detailed analysis of those policies and their politics. * Philip Rocco, Public Administration *

You may also be interested in...

The Politics Book
Added to basket
DK
£19.99
Hardback
Republic
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Utopia
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Capital
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Three Early Modern Utopias
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback
On Anarchism
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
The Captive Mind
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Identity and Violence
Added to basket
Common Sense
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback
Utopia
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback
The Portable Hannah Arendt
Added to basket
The Discourses
Added to basket
On Liberty
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.