Lessons of Welfare: Policy Design, Political Learning, and Political Action

  title={Lessons of Welfare: Policy Design, Political Learning, and Political Action},
  author={Joe Soss},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={363 - 380}
  • Joe Soss
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
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 structure clients' program experiences in ways that teach alternative lessons about the nature of government. Through their experiences under a given policy design, welfare clients develop program-specific beliefs about the wisdom and efficacy of asserting themselves. Because clients interpret their… 

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