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The Influence of African American Representation on State AFDC Policy
Gary J. Tschoepe
State & Local Government Review
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Autumn, 1997), pp. 156-165
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4355185
Page Count: 10
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This study examines the influence of African American representation in state legislatures on both state AFDC statutory provisions and state implementation of the AFDC program. The author finds that African American representation is not significantly related to statutory provisions of state AFDC policy. However, by employing a legislative casework model to test an implementation hypothesis, black representation is found to be positively related to state AFDC participation. The presence of black state legislators appears to be an essential factor in ensuring access to public assistance benefits.
State & Local Government Review © 1997 Sage Publications, Inc.