11.13-11.15 - American Politics and Social Welfare Policy...

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American Politics and Social Welfare Policy 11.13-11.15 How did New Deal structure survive the War on Poverty? Why did AFDC expand so much? 1) protest a. throughout history, public assistance has been a mechanism for ‘social control’ to ‘keep lower class in their place, keep them from disrupting social order’ i. so, the way to get your way on public assistance programs would be to disrupt social order ii. this happened in 1930s – labor unrest – and 1960s (welfare protest) b. there is a lot of dispute over whether protest actually had a big effect 2) mobilization that occurred from Great Society/War on Poverty a. community action i. made people in communities – esp. poor urban communities – aware of the rights they had regarding welfare benefits ii. these groups pioneered the language of ‘welfare rights ,’ which was a pretty new concept in the 1960s 3) courts a. publicly-funded lawyers brought lawsuits against federal government b. Supreme Court begins developing rights for welfare in cases such as Thompson v. Shapiro and Goldberg v. Kelly i. Waiting period: states worried that people would move from low benefit to high benefit states 1. high benefit states were in the north, and there was
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLS American P taught by Professor Lieberman during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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