Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

Jody Holland

Relational Format



This thesis examines The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in three different regions that have different political cultures to better understand the influence of political culture on the administrative functions and characteristics of the WIC Program. The WIC Program provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk. To explore the role of political cultures' effects on the administrative functions of the WIC Program, this thesis will use Daniel Elazar's Political Culture Typology and choose one State within each political culture. The thesis will also use an administrative function framework to analyze whether a state's political culture has an effect on the administrative function of the WIC Program. Finally, this thesis will discuss, compare, and contrast the administrative functions of the WIC Program in the three selected states with different political cultures. In conclusion, political culture produces minor observational differences on the administration of the WIC Program and overall political culture does not affect the administrative function of the WIC Program.

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