1996 Federal Welfare Reform in North Carolina the Politics of Bureaucratic Behavior

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The implementation of welfare reform in North Carolina provided an excellent opportunity to explore theories of welfare reform implementation and theories of bureaucratic power. While welfare reform implementation proceeded smoothly in many states, the unique political climate in North Carolina forced a more transparent view of bureaucratic development and growing political independence. The political capacity of the bureaucracy to influence policy implementation contrary to legislative intent is often discussed but infrequently documented, and this work opens this subject for additional debate.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
1. A Reluctant Beginning
2. The Politic of Welfare Reform
3. How a bill Becomes law
4. North Carolina’s Welfare Reform Statute
5. Inside the Black Box of Politics
6. Implementation
7. The Fat Lady Finally Sings

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