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Confronting Poverty

Confronting Poverty

Prescriptions for Change

Edited by Sheldon H. Danziger, Gary Sandefur, and Daniel H. Weinberg

ISBN 9780674160828

Publication date: 11/01/1994

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.”


  • This is a very balanced and informative study that provides an historical perspective on what has happened to poverty in the United States since its eradication first became a goal of public policy.

    —William J. Hutchison, Social Thought


  • 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.

Book Details

  • 576 pages
  • 6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press