The Electoral Determinants of State Welfare Effort in the U.S. South, 1960–2008

@inproceedings{Terry2016TheED,
  title={The Electoral Determinants of State Welfare Effort in the U.S. South, 1960–2008},
  author={William C. Terry},
  year={2016}
}
This article examines the impact of electoral politics on state welfare policy in the post-civil rights era South. In contrast to an emerging consensus concluding that southern African Americans materially benefited from rejoining the electorate, this study suggests that higher black registration rates actually reduced states’ poverty relief efforts. In the years immediately following the Voting Rights Act (VRA), when Democrats controlled state government, the significant negative relationship… CONTINUE READING