Victoria Lynn Mayer

Colby College

4000 Mayflower Hill
Colby College
Waterville, ME

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Ultimately I am interested in how changes in social policy and program administration in conjunction with other processes, like incarceration and migration, are affecting changes in the social organization and the resilience of local communities. My current focus is on how changes in government practices associated with neoliberalism are intersecting with changes in the activities of community service providers and market actors to impact low-income families and communities. I’m particularly interested in the effects of switching from grants to performance-based contracts on agency stability and the relationships between community organizations and the people they serve. I have developed an elaboration of Anthony Giddens’ and William Sewell’s theories of social structure to assess the political and institutional strategies deployed by governments, community organizations and for-profit enterprises to manage increasing economic uncertainty and how these strategies redistribute risk. I will be using this framework to shape a new ethnographic study of a Maine community health center funded through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Social Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY