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The Delegated Welfare StateMedicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy$
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Kimberly J. Morgan and Andrea Louise Campbell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730346

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730346.001.0001

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Exploring the Delegated Welfare State

Exploring the Delegated Welfare State

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The Delegated Welfare State

Kimberly J. Morgan

Andrea Louise Campbell

Oxford University Press

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

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