Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy

A little girl gets new shoes and socks.

KRTSANISI, Georgia - A little girl named Maiko gets new shoes and socks from Army Lt. Col. Donna Lupien, a nurse anesthetist for Task Force GTEP. (Photograph by 1st Lt. Justin M. Colvin. Used with permission.)


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Fall 2003



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This course covers topics and questions such as: What is poverty? How is it defined and measured in the United States and other countries? What are the different program designs that countries use to relieve poverty? To answer these questions, the course examines the main public policy frames that guide theory, research, policy, and practice. How do the definition and policies to deal with poverty change over time? What are the economic, political, and social forces that contribute to the persistence of poverty and its periodic reframing? Can social science to help to resolve the public policy debates that make poverty and its relief so controversial?

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Martin Rein. 11.020 Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy. Fall 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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