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Out of ReachPlace, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State$
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Scott W. Allard

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120356

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120356.001.0001

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The Politics of a Fragmented Welfare State

The Politics of a Fragmented Welfare State

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(p.145) Chapter 6 The Politics of a Fragmented Welfare State
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Out of Reach
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Scott W. Allard

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300120356.003.0006

This chapter identifies the fragmentation or fractures in the institutional structure of local safety nets that will be prevalent across different communities which limits decision-making processes regarding the delivery of antipoverty assistance. It argues that persistent or rampant fragmentation or atomization of the institutions composing local safety nets necessarily complicates the provision of social assistance by creating inefficiencies, promoting inequities, and constraining the responsiveness of local social service programs. It also argues that fragmented politics of local safety nets show how mismatches and instabilities service provision come into existence and persist over time.

Keywords:   local safety nets, antipoverty assistance, fragmentation, atomization of the institutions, social service programs, fragmented politics

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