Confronting Poverty: Prescriptions for Change

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Sheldon Danziger, Gary D. Sandefur, Daniel H. Weinberg
Harvard University Press, 1994 - Social Science - 529 pages
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Why is there so much poverty in America in the 1990s? What can be done to reduce it? In this book the leading experts review three decades of research on the nature, causes, and consequences of poverty, and prescribe an antipoverty agenda for the next decade. The authors document trends in poverty and income inequality, review government programs and policies, and analyze the public's complicated attitudes concerning these policies. They discuss the persistence and inter-generational transmission of poverty, the extent of welfare dependence, and the emergence of an urban underclass.

Confronting Poverty proposes thoughtful reforms in employment and training, child support, health care, education, welfare, immigration, and urban policies, all crafted from the successes, as well as the failures, of policies over the past three decades. Although antipoverty efforts have been frustrated by slow economic growth, rising inequality, and changes in family structure, the authors offer insightful proposals that will help us resolve the American paradox of "poverty amidst plenty."

 

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Contents

Trends in Family Income Inequality
18
Historical Trends and Economic Limits
51
The Dynamics and Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty
85
Concept Controversy and Evidence
109
Poverty in Relation to Macroeconomic Trends Cycles and Policies
147
Public Policies to Increase Work
168
Updating Urban Policy
226
Reform of Health Care for the Nonelderly Poor 25 3
253
The School
308
Poverty and Immigration in Policy Perspective
330
Antipoverty Policy Affirmative Action and Racial Attitudes
365
Poverty Politics
396
Accomplishments
438
Notes
451
References
479
Contributors
519

Education and the WellBeing of the Next Generation
289

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About the author (1994)

Sheldon H. Danziger is Professor of Social Work and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Gary D. Sandefur is Provost and Senior Vice President at Oklahoma State University.

Daniel H. Weinberg is an economist with the Office of Income Security Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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