Bold Visions
Blueprints for Ending Poverty

The Spring 2017 issue of Pathways Magazine is now available! Our simple question: How might poverty be addressed if the usual political constraints were set aside? Six distinguished commentators weigh in.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Note
David Grusky, Charles Varner, and Marybeth Mattingly
The Facts Behind the Visions
Charles Varner, Marybeth Mattingly, and David Grusky
The composition of the country’s low-income population is changing rapidly. How might the country’s next war on poverty take these changes into account?
A New Anti-Poverty Policy Litmus Test
Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer, and Laura Tach
Here’s a radical idea: Let’s insist that America’s anti-poverty policy serves to incorporate, rather than separate, the poor from the rest of society.
Cash Matters and Place Matters: A Child Poverty Plan That Capitalizes on New Evidence
Tim Smeeding
If nations are judged by how they treat their children, the United States is currently failing the test. Here’s a simple plan to pass that test by assuring that all children grow up in good neighborhoods and with adequate income.
A New Safety Net for 21st-Century Families
Lawrence M. Berger
The safety net for the 21st century has to acknowledge that we live in a world of increasing family complexity.
It’s Time to Complete the Work-Based Safety Net
H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn Edin
An emphasis on personal responsibility is not enough. It’s also about jobs, jobs, and jobs.
Don’t Let “Conversation One” Squeeze Out “Conversation Two”
Michelle Jackson
Why are our poverty plans so timid? The old America used to be bold and brash.

Funding from the Elfenworks Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gratefully acknowledged. The contents of this issue are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Elfenworks Foundation, or the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.
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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, is partly supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Elfenworks Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation).

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