Hazardous Crosscurrents: Confronting Inequality in an Era of Devolution

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The widening of the gap between the rich and the poor since the early 1970s has been well documented. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to whether the devolution of governmental responsibilities from the federal to state level will simplify or complicate efforts to alleviate inequality.

In this report, John D. Donahue analyzes devolution from the standpoint of four realms of public policy: workplace laws, education and job training, antipoverty efforts, and ...

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Overview

The widening of the gap between the rich and the poor since the early 1970s has been well documented. Relatively little attention has been paid, however, to whether the devolution of governmental responsibilities from the federal to state level will simplify or complicate efforts to alleviate inequality.

In this report, John D. Donahue analyzes devolution from the standpoint of four realms of public policy: workplace laws, education and job training, antipoverty efforts, and taxes. Policymakers attempting to improve life for Americans at the lower end of the income ladder are apt to consider using tools available in each of those areas. But, largely because of devolution, Donahue concludes, the effectiveness of those tools in addressing inequality is likely to be weakened

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870784286
  • Publisher: The Century Foundation
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Devolution Revolution Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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John D. Donahue is Raymond Vernon Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Economic Inequality: How It's Grown, Why It Matters 3
3 Government's Shift toward the States 23
4 Devolution and Inequality 31
5 Tax Structure 35
6 Antipoverty Policy 43
7 Labor Policy 49
8 Education Finance 63
9 Conclusion 81
Notes 85
Index 101
About the Author 107
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