Is the Newer Deal a Better Deal? Government Funding of Faith-Based Social Services

Jim R. Vanderwoerd

Recent legislation and initiatives to encourage government to partner with faith-based organizations in addressing social problems has been termed a "newer deal" because it represents substantial changes in the American welfare state. So-called "Charitable Choice" legislation is an important advancement that is more in keeping with current scholarship on pluralism and developments in public policy. However, unanswered questions regarding the effectiveness, capacity, and unanticipated consequences of government/faith-based partnerships suggest that more work is needed before concluding that the newer deal is a better deal. Jim R. Vanderwoerd is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Dordt College.

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