The invisible safety net: Protecting the nation's poor children and families

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Abstract

In one of the most provocative books ever published on America's social welfare system, economist Janet Currie argues that the modern social safety net is under attack. Unlike most books about antipoverty programs, Currie trains her focus not on cash welfare, which accounts for a small and shrinking share of federal expenditures on poor families with children, but on the staples of today's American welfare system: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Head Start, WIC, and public housing. These programs, Currie maintains, form an effective, if largely invisible and haphazard safety net, and yet they are the very programs most vulnerable to political attack and misunderstanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPrinceton University Press
ISBN (Print)0691122687, 9780691122687
StatePublished - Nov 10 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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