Survey of State Welfare Policymakers, 1996: [United States] (ICPSR 3279)

Published: Mar 14, 2002

Principal Investigator(s):
Greg M. Shaw, Columbia University. Department of Political Science

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The purpose of this study was to determine the role of citizen input into state welfare and Medicaid policymaking during the early to mid-1990s. The survey, which was conducted during October 1996-February 1997, queried 257 state officials (state legislators, social service agency directors, and senior advisors to governors) about the impetus for welfare reform, the methods used to measure public preferences, and the effectiveness of welfare policies. Policymakers were also asked how much input they sought from the general public and which part of state governments took the most active role in initiating the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Medicaid reforms during the 1990s.

Shaw, Greg M. Survey of State Welfare Policymakers, 1996: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002-03-14.

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Harvard University. Kennedy School of Government. Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

To protect respondent privacy, the variables STATE (state of respondent) and CLOSRACE (winning electoral margin in last race) were recoded by ICPSR. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR Restricted Data Contract Portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.


1996-10 -- 1997-02

The target group was 550 state officials, including 100 governors' aides (senior policy advisors), 250 social service agency administrators, and 200 state legislators.

State welfare policymaking officials: governors' aides, social service agency administrators, and state legislators.

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