Thomas L. Gais

Studies American federalism and the implementation of social programs, including welfare reform

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Thomas L. Gais

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Rockefeller Institute of Government

Education; Federalism; government reform; higher education; social service spending; welfare reform

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Thomas Gais is director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government. He has conducted research and written on American federalism; the implementation of social programs, especially welfare reform, by state and local governments; state spending on social programs and the effects of state fiscal capacity and economic changes; nonprofit social service organizations and their relations with state and local governments; campaign finance reforms and their implementation and effects; state constitutional reform processes; and interest groups in the U.S.

Gais received his doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.