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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2001): Welfare State - Overseas

BUSH PUTS RELIGIOUS-BASED ORGANISATIONS AT CENTRE OF POLICY

T. Harnden

Daily Telegraph, Jan. 30th 2001, p. 16

US President Bush has announced plans to establish an Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to channel state funding to religious organisations in support of their social welfare work. The initiative has provoked criticism on the grounds that it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

(See also Independent, Jan. 30th 2001, p. 12; Times, Jan. 30th 2001, p. 18)

PIOUS POLICIES

S. Bates

Guardian, Feb. 2nd 2001, p. 21

Politicians in the UK and the US are showing interest in funding religious bodies to deliver social services on the cheap.

POLICY EXPERIMENTS AND POVERTY POLITICS

E. Z. Brodkin and A. Kaufman

Social Service Review, vol. 74, 2000, p. 507-532

Policy making has increasingly turned to controlled experiments in the form of pilot projects to test social policy proposals before they are rolled out nation-wide in the US. Focusing on three social welfare projects, article examines the emergence of analysis of controlled experiments as a "shadow institution" that at times functions as an alternative to highly contested legislative channels for policy conflict. In the cases reviewed, it appears that analysis of the experiments was more apt to reiterate than to challenge conventional wisdom about poverty and the poor.