ERIC Number: ED132219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Poverty, Income Distribution, and Social Policy: The Last Decade and the Next. Discussion Paper 365-76.
This discussion places the ten years of the war on poverty in perspective and, on the basis of both the experiment in policy intervention and some recent trends, speculates on the nature and course of social policy over the next decade. The basis of and motivations for the war on poverty are reviewed as the primary concern of the first part of this discussion. The premises used to justify the strategies chosen are recounted, and the progress against poverty during the 1965-1975 decade is appraised. A proposition this paper explores is that many important policy developments affecting the poor during this decade were not found on the agenda of the war on poverty planners in the sixties. While poverty was reduced, it is difficult to directly attribute this result to those programs that played an explicit part in the war. The second part of this paper comments on some recent developments in the nation's political and social structure and reflects on the legacy of past social policy, serving as the basis for a few speculations on the future course of social policy. It is held that increased attention to the implifications of such underlying changes may well be the appropriate response of social scientists disillusioned over the failure of planned social change and the naive belief in the power of rational public policy. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.