Privatization of the operation of public benefit programs in the wake of welfare reform has diminished the effectiveness of traditional approaches to advocacy. A case study from New York City of how private contractors succeeded in reducing welfare roles while imposing punitive policies on poor families offers a glimpse of possible new advocacy tools. Requiring contract-monitoring bodies that involve community members and advocates could help facilitate transparent contracting processes and reshape social welfare programs to serve clients.
Bach, Wendy A., "Responding to Welfare Privatization: New Tools for a New Age" (2011). UTK Law Faculty Publications. 224.