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Government & The American EconomyA New History$
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Price V. Fishback

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226251271

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226251295.001.0001

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Shaping Welfare Policy: The Role of the South

Shaping Welfare Policy: The Role of the South

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(p.490) 16 Shaping Welfare Policy: The Role of the South
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Government & The American Economy
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Lee J. Alston

Joseph P. Ferrie

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226251295.003.0016

The U.S. welfare system developed later and was always more decentralized than its European counterparts. The federal political system in the United States, which grants much more policy discretion to states, explains some of this difference. Until the mechanization of cotton cultivation in the South, large-scale agricultural interests in that region had the economic incentive and the political ability to prevent the expansion of the welfare state in ways that would interfere with prevailing race or labor relations. This chapter describes the development of federal welfare policy and shows how various interest groups, particularly changing economic interests in the South, have influenced the forms of public assistance seen in modern programs. It first discusses the contractual mix in Southern agriculture and the rationale for paternalism and then looks at the politics of paternalism from Reconstruction to the New Deal. It also examines New Deal welfare policies and the role of the South, the threat of labor shortages during World War II, and welfare expansion in the 1960s.

Keywords:   welfare policy, United States, South, agriculture, paternalism, politics, Reconstruction, New Deal, labor shortages, World War II

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