Federal Grantmaking: The Long View of History

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CLASSIC ARTICLE - In creating his new Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, George W. Bush continued the practice of using federal grantmaking as an instrument of change. Barbara Floersch looks at this latest chapter in the ongoing saga of federal funding and places it in historical context. She reviews the impact of government grants from the earliest days of the republic through the New Deal and the Great Society, to the New Federalism and Devolution.