The Color of Devolution: Race, Federalism, and the Politics of Social Control

@article{Soss2008TheCO,
  title={The Color of Devolution: Race, Federalism, and the Politics of Social Control},
  author={Joe Soss and Richard C. Fording and S. Schram},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={52},
  pages={536-553}
}
In this article, we seek to advance scholarship on the origins and consequences of policy devolution by analyzing state decisions to give local authorities control over welfare policy. The first part of our analysis explores the political forces that systematically influence state decisions to cede policy control to lower-level jurisdictions. In this context, we propose a general Racial Classification Model of how race influences social policy choice. Our findings support this model as well as… Expand
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