- The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty
- List of Contributors
- Poverty Measurement
- Structural Violence, Poverty, and Social Suffering
- Capability Deprivation
- Ideologies and Beliefs about Poverty
- How Politics and Institutions Shape Poverty and Inequality
- Linking Poverty and Children’s Development: Concepts, Models, and Debates
- Poverty Knowledge and the History of Poverty Research
- The Discourse of Deservingness: Morality and the Dilemmas of Poverty Relief in Debate and Practice
- Gender and Poverty
- Life, Death, and Resurrections: The Culture of Poverty Perspective
- The Historical Origins of Poverty in Developing Countries
- The Dynamics of Poverty
- People and Places Left Behind: Rural Poverty in the New Century
- Poor Neighborhoods in the Metropolis
- Segregation and the Perpetuation of Disadvantage
- Urban Poverty, Race, and Space
- Single and Cohabiting Parents and Poverty
- Job-Finding among the Poor: Do Social Ties Matter?
- Employment and the Working Poor
- Great Escapes and Great Divergences: Growth, Poverty, and Income Inequality on a Global Scale
- Intergenerational Mobility
- Economic Performance, Poverty, and Inequality in Rich Countries
- Material Deprivation and Consumption
- Hunger and Food Insecurity
- Poverty and Crime
- Poverty and Informal Economies
- Social Class, Poverty, and the Unequal Burden of Illness and Death
- Aid and Global Poverty
- The Welfare States and Poverty
- Social Policy, Transfers, Programs, and Assistance
- Poor People’s Politics
- Why and When Do Peasants Rebel?: Origins and Consequences of Rural Collective Action
- Unions and Poverty
- Housing Programs
- Microfinance and Financial Inclusion
- Conclusion: Toward a New Paradigm for Understanding Poverty
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines poverty policies and programs in four areas: cash transfer programs, public provision of childcare, publically provided medical care, and public/social housing. Public provision for families in poverty includes programs that provide childcare, income supports, medical assistance, public housing, and employment assistance to family units. There are also policies that operate at a more general level to provide workforce and economic development and child welfare and early childhood education and support. Across nations, these policies vary along a number of dimensions. This article first considers each of the four poverty programs in detail before discussing the ramifications of differing national approaches to poverty in the context of the turn toward neoliberalism and the worldwide recession that began in 2007.
Laura Lein, Katherine Reebel Collegiate Professor of Social Work; Dean and Professor of Social Work; and Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
Sandra K. Danziger, Professor of Social Work; and Research Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
H. Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan.
Amanda Tillotson, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Michigan.
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