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William Anderson Award ($500).

For the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted in 1998 or 1999 in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics.

Award Committee: Clarence Stone, University of Maryland, chair; Ann O'M. Bowman, University of South Carolina; and David B. Walker, University of Connecticut.

Recipient: Pamela W. Winston, Johns Hopkins University

Disertation: "The Devil in

Devolution: Welfare, the Nation, and the States"

Dissertation Chair: Matthew A. Crenson, Johns Hopkins University

Citation: In examining welfare reform, Pamela Winston takes on what may be the most important social policy issue of our time, alteration of the nation's welfare program. Her dissertation, "The Devil in Devolution: Welfare, the Nation and the States," provides a strong dose of political realism to those who assume that decentralization brings government close to the people. By examining legislative politics in Congress and in three state legislatures, Winston shows that, though there is variation among the states, the voice of the poor diminishes as one moves from the national arena to state arenas. Overall her analysis covers both a vertical dimension (how the states do things differently from the national government) and a horizontal dimension (how states vary). The central finding is that shrinking the sphere of policy making has serious consequences for representation. Smaller is not necessarily better. At the same time, a big state may fail to provide the same scope of representation as states of modest size. The greatest difference, however, is between the national government and the states. The federal government represents more than a force for uniformity; it also affords wider representation.

Winston tackles a big question, builds a strong theoretical foundation, brings together a compelling body of evidence, and presents her findings clearly and crisply. This is scholarship at its best. The committee is pleased to name Pamela Winston the winner of the William Anderson Award for the year 2000.

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Date:Dec 1, 2000
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