Federal Policymaking and the Poor: National Goals, Local Choices, and Distributional Outcomes - Princeton Legacy Library 230 by Michael J. Rich
Do federal, state, and local governments differ in their response to the needs of the poorest citizens? Will the policy results differ when federal officials have greater influence on the…
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Do federal, state, and local governments differ in their response to the needs of the poorest citizens? Will the policy results differ when federal officials have greater influence on the use of the federal program funds? To answer these questions, Michael Rich examines to what extent the benefits of federal programs actually reach people in need, with a focus on the relationship between federal decision-making systems and the distributional effects of public policies. His intensive analysis of the Community Development Grant Program (CDBG), the federal main program to help cities, reveals that critical divisions in domestic politics are not among government levels, but among groups of participants in various government squares.
The wealth flow under CDBG traces the age of programs through three levels of targeting - to places in need, to needy neighborhoods and to those in need - and provides a comparative study of eight CDBG communities in the Chicago area. While the parameters of the national program are important for determining the conditions under which local programs operate, the redistribution power of federal programs ultimately depends on the choices made by local officials.
He argues that these officials must be pressed through community-level benefit alliances to increase the likelihood of federal funds reaching their goals. Originally published in 1993. The PrincetonLegacyLibrary uses the latest in-demand printing technology to make books that have not previously been printed available from the PrincetonPrinceton Print List.
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