State political culture and welfare reform

Lawrence Mead

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    I investigate the link between the general features of state governments and their ability to reform welfare. The best indicator of governments' characteristics is Elazar's political cultures. I define what successful welfare reform means, drawing on implementation research and experience. My criteria stress process, the avoidance of political and administrative problems. I then test the link between the Elazar cultures and successful reform using recent case studies of state implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Elazar's "moralistic" states perform best, and the association holds, even controlling for other influences. Results depend, however, on how welfare reform is defined.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)271-291
    Number of pages21
    JournalPolicy Studies Journal
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2004

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