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The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy

Kimberly J. Morgan and Andrea Louise Campbell


This book explores the delegation of authority over American social programs to private actors. In the development of the American welfare state, policy-makers have often avoided direct governmental provision of benefits and services, turning instead to private actors for the governance of social programs. More recent versions of delegated governance seek also to create social welfare marketplaces in which consumers can choose from an array of private providers. This book examines both the reasons behind this persistent delegation of authority and the consequences. Focusing on the case study o ... More

Keywords: medicare, health policy, contracting out, welfare state, governance, public opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly J. Morgan, author
George Washington University

Andrea Louise Campbell, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology