The Consequences of Decentralization: Inequality in Safety Net Provision in the Post–Welfare Reform Era

@article{Bruch2018TheCO,
  title={The Consequences of Decentralization: Inequality in Safety Net Provision in the Post–Welfare Reform Era},
  author={Sarah K. Bruch and Marcia k. Meyers and Janet C. Gornick},
  journal={Social Service Review},
  year={2018},
  volume={92},
  pages={3 - 35}
}
Decentralized safety net programs provide much of the social provision in the US, yet the consequences for social provision have received remarkably limited attention. In this article, we examine cross-state inequality in social safety net provision from 1994 to 2014. We ask whether programs that are more decentralized in terms of policy design are more variable across states in terms of the generosity of benefits and inclusiveness of receipt and whether there has been convergence or divergence… 

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