Evelyn Z. Brodkin

University of Chicago

SSA, U of Chicago
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Chicago, IL
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Professor Brodkin's research investigates the politics of the American welfare state and, specifically, how public policies and institutions are reshaping the politics of poverty and inequality. In recent years she has expanded her research internationally, studying social policy and governance reforms in the US and Europe. Her new, co-edited book, "Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics" (Georgetown University Press, 2013), examines the advance of workfare-style policies from state-level to street-level in six countries: the US, UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia. Brodkin is one of the leading scholars of street-level organizations, the agencies at the front-lines of public policy delivery. Her research in this field contributes to both critical policy and public management research, examining how new governance and managerial strategies are reshaping the street-level organizations "at the operational core of the welfare state."

Brodkin, Evelyn Z. "Putting Street-Level Organizations First: New Directions for Research." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21 (2):199-201.
Brodkin, Evelyn Z. 2011. "Policy Work: Street-Level Organizations Under New Managerialism."Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21 (2):253-277.
Brodkin, Evelyn Z. 2012. "Reflections on Street-Level Bureaucracy: Past, Present, and Future." Public Administration Review 72 (6):940-949.
Brodkin, Evelyn Z. and Marston, Gregory, eds. 2013. Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Abstract: Work and the Welfare State places street-level organizations at the analytic center of welfare-state politics, policy, and management. This volume offers a critical examination of efforts to change the welfare state to a workfare state by looking at on-the-ground issues in six countries: the US, UK, Australia, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.
URL: http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/work-and-welfare-state

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Social Policy PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy
Urban Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY