Conclusion: A Way Forward

Peter B. Edelman, Conclusion: A Way Forward, in Holes in the Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty (Ezra Rosser ed., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2019).

34 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2020

Date Written: March 9, 2020

Abstract

Where do we go next? I have three suggestions. One is to enlarge the frame of our work on poverty and race, including a focus on the ever-widening chasm of inequality, and all of it pressing toward the center stage of national attention. A second is to consolidate our work about income, jobs, and cash assistance into a unified frame, which I call a three-legged stool. And the third is to think from a perspective of place, and what that tells us about our antipoverty work.

We need a banner, a message, a theme, a politics for ending poverty. The substance of ending poverty is complex, but making it a top national priority requires finding a unifying concept. Experience tells us that poverty by itself is not enough to achieve center stage.

Keywords: Poverty Law, Federalism

Suggested Citation

Edelman, Peter B., Conclusion: A Way Forward (March 9, 2020). Peter B. Edelman, Conclusion: A Way Forward, in Holes in the Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty (Ezra Rosser ed., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2019)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3551451 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3551451

Peter B. Edelman (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

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