Mississippi State University
Emison, Gerald A.
Wiseman, William M.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Public Policy and Administration
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Efforts to meet the needs of poverty stricken Americans have resulted in the passage of numerous federal and state policies. Current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policy emphasizes sharing the responsibility for meeting citizens’ needs through partnerships with those in poverty. Such reforms challenge local administrators to define and assess the terms of welfare policy reform success. This study’s adaptation of the theory of positionality examines how position in public organizations can inform employees’ views of welfare policy performances. Specifically, it seeks to determine if the type of administrative responsibility and interaction (positionality) with citizens leads to differing views of performance policy success, needed policy reforms, and varying views on the importance of including welfare clients in welfare policy reform discussions, development and evaluation. The study finds that current TANF policy is effective at meeting clients’ needs, but administrators differ in how they define and apply self-sufficiency, and they are not supportive of involving clients in the administration of welfare policies.
Evans, Elizabeth D., "Examining Public Administrators' Perceptions of Welfare Policy Performance" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 2112.