New Article: “Changing the Subject: From Welfare to Poverty to a Living Income”

New Article: Peter B. Edelman, Changing the Subject: From Welfare to Poverty to a Living Income, 4 Nw. J. L. & Soc. Pol’y 14 (2009).  The article is short, 16 pages, yet covers a lot of ground in that space.  The abstract, pulled from the intro is below:

For nearly forty years, the dominant political discourse about poverty in the United
States has focused on welfare rather than poverty itself, even as disparities between the
wealthiest and those at the bottom widened spectacularly. With the new century and a
new administration, public attention has returned to issues of poverty and inequality.
This Article explores the relevant history of the last four decades and suggests a
comprehensive policy framework for substantially reducing poverty in the short run and
for investing in the future.

For nearly forty years, the dominant political discourse about poverty in the United States has focused on welfare rather than poverty itself, even as disparities between the wealthiest and those at the bottom widened spectacularly. With the new century and a new administration, public attention has returned to issues of poverty and inequality. This Article explores the relevant history of the last four decades and suggests a comprehensive policy framework for substantially reducing poverty in the short run and for investing in the future.

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