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Holes in the Safety Net

Holes in the Safety Net
Federalism and Poverty

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  • Editor: Ezra Rosser, American University Washington College of Law
Ezra Rosser, Wendy Bach, Monica Bell, Andrea Taverna, Dhruv Aggarwal, Isra Syed, Michelle Gilman, Rebecca H. Williams, Lisa Pruitt, Francine Lipman, Clare Huntington, Daniel Hatcher, David Super, Nicole Huberfeld, Andrew Hammond, Peter Edelman
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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475730

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  • While the United States continues to recover from the 2008 Great Recession, the country still faces unprecedented inequality as increasing numbers of poor families struggle to get by with little assistance from the government. Holes in the Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty offers a grounded look at how states and the federal government provide assistance to poor people. With chapters covering everything from welfare reform to recent efforts by states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, the book avoids unnecessary jargon and instead focuses on how programs operate in practice. This timely work should be read by anyone who cares about poverty, rising inequality, and the relationship between state, local, and federal levels of government.

    • Emphasizes how programs work in the real world to appeal to those interested in how programs impact people, avoiding overly academic theoretical discussions
    • Grounded in the relationship between states and the federal government for those interested in antipoverty work at both the federal and state levels
    • Connects past policies with current proposals to undermine the safety net to address concerns about rising inequality and interest in poor communities
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    'American federalism has many faces, both bountiful and miserly, beneficent and malicious. Sadly, as Holes in the Safety Net shows, America’s poor too often see its darkest face. Fortunately, the experts whose work animates this powerful book also light the path to a better federalism for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.' Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University, Connecticut, co-author of Winner-Take-All Politics and American Amnesia and author of The Great Risk Shift

    'This volume brings together the most important and influential scholars investigating poverty and the government programs designed to assist those living in it. The book is a must-read for anyone trying to understand why poverty persists in the one of richest countries in the world.' Khiara M. Bridges, Boston University and author of The Poverty of Privacy Rights

    'This fine collection illuminates the important role that the legal profession has come to play in defining and defending a rights-basis for our social policies that deal with poverty and inequality.' Francis Fox Piven, City University of New York and co-author of Regulating the Poor and Poor People’s Movements

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475730
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ezra Rosser
    Part I. Welfare and Federalism:
    1. The tools in the battle: federalism, entitlement, and punishment across the US social welfare state Wendy Bach
    2. Laboratories of suffering: toward democratic welfare governance Monica Bell, Andrea Taverna, Dhruv Aggarwal and Isra Syed
    3. The difference in being poor in red states versus blue states Michelle Gilman
    Part II. States, Federalism, and Anti-Poverty Efforts:
    4. States' rights and state wrongs: SNAP and Medicaid work requirements in rural America Rebecca H. Williams and Lisa Pruitt
    5. State and local tax takeaways Francine Lipman
    6. Early childhood development and the replication of poverty Clare Huntington
    7. States diverting funds from the poor Daniel Hatcher
    8. States' evolving role in SNAP David Super
    Part III. Advocacy:
    9. Federalism in health care reform Nicole Huberfeld
    10. Poverty lawyering in the states Andrew Hammond
    11. Conclusion. A way forward Peter Edelman.

  • Editor

    Ezra Rosser, American University Washington College of Law
    Ezra Rosser is a law professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches poverty law, property law, and federal Indian law. He is a co-author of the leading poverty law textbook and is the editor of the Poverty Law Blog.


    Ezra Rosser, Wendy Bach, Monica Bell, Andrea Taverna, Dhruv Aggarwal, Isra Syed, Michelle Gilman, Rebecca H. Williams, Lisa Pruitt, Francine Lipman, Clare Huntington, Daniel Hatcher, David Super, Nicole Huberfeld, Andrew Hammond, Peter Edelman

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