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Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race
"Disciplining the Poor" lays out the underlying logic of contemporary poverty governance in the United States. The authors argue that poverty governance - how social welfare policy choices get made,Expand
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Setting the terms of relief: Explaining state policy choices in the devolution revolution
The landmark welfare legislation of 1996 offers students of politics a unique opportunity to pinpoint the determinants of state-level policy choices-a case in which the fifty states respondedExpand
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Lessons of welfare: Policy design, political learning, and political action
  • J. Soss
  • Political Science
  • 1 June 1999
This article explores the links between welfare participation and broader forms of political involvement. Adopting a political learning perspective, I present evidence that policy designs structureExpand
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The Consequences of Public Policy for Democratic Citizenship: Bridging Policy Studies and Mass Politics
Democracies, and the citizenries that stand at their center, are not natural phenomena; they are made and sustained through politics. Government policies can play a crucial role in this process,Expand
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The third level of US welfare reform: governmentality under neoliberal paternalism
US welfare reform involves more than dramatic caseload reductions and a shift from cash assistance to services. Its operations today reflect significant changes in poverty governance as aExpand
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Deciding to Discipline: Race, Choice, and Punishment at the Frontlines of Welfare Reform
Welfare sanctions are financial penalties applied to individuals who fail to comply with welfare program rules. Their widespread use reflects a turn toward disciplinary approaches to povertyExpand
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The organization of discipline: From performance management to perversity and punishment
Drawing on participant observation, in-depth interviews, and statistical analysis of administrative data, this article explores the operation of performance management in the Florida WelfareExpand
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Why Do White Americans Support the Death Penalty?
This article explores the roots of white support for capital punishment in the United States. Our analysis addresses individual-level and contextual factors, paying particular attention to how racialExpand
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Unwanted Claims: The Politics of Participation in the U.S. Welfare System
Large numbers of Americans claim public resources and participate in direct relationships with government through the diversity of welfare programs found in the United States. Most public debatesExpand
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Devolution, Discretion, and the Effect of Local Political Values on TANF Sanctioning
One of welfare reform’s most significant consequences is the devolution of policy‐making authority from the federal government and states to local governments and frontline workers. What is perhapsExpand
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