Faith-Based Initiatives Reconsidered: The Complicated Relationship Between Religion and Social Welfare Service Provision
More than two decades after the passage of welfare reform law and Charitable Choice, what is known about faith-based initiatives? What questions remain to be addressed, and how might we benefit from a reconsideration of critical issues on this topic? In this chapter, we seek to shed light on these questions. We begin by reviewing research that is most germane to the focus of our study, namely, service provision dynamics in faith-based and secular organizations. Given the rather sizable research literature on faith-based initiatives, we do not aim to provide comprehensive coverage when reviewing previous work. Rather, we select the more limited body of studies that bears directly on our efforts to contrast faith-based and secular social service provision.
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