The 1996 legislative reform of welfare shifted provision away from cash assistance and toward a litany of work-support services, central among which are child care subsidies (Allard 2009). As part of a larger study of welfare reform in Florida, we conducted semistructured field interviews with more than 50 welfare transition caseworkers in four purposively selected regions. Consistent with Lipsky's emphasis on worker decisions as concrete manifestations of policy intentions, we find that caseworkers' interpretations of the priorities of TANF have substantial influence over decision making regarding the use and withdrawal of child care subsidies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Journal of Women, Politics and Policy|
|State||Published - Apr 2014|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research is supported in part by NLM Contract R01 LM06593-01 and the Columbia NYSSTF CAT and a gift from Microsoft. Blaine Bell was supported by an IBM Research Graduate Fellowship.
- TANF casework
- child care subsidies
- welfare reform
- work requirement