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From the Publisher"Trac[es] poverty policy and programs in the United States from a refreshingly structuralist point of view. . . . An impressive account of the historical mechanics of poverty in the United States and a rich description of how politics and culture shape the poverty discussion and resulting policy interventions."
— Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
"What is most powerful about Stricker's overview is how he consistently presents the political and economic decisions that have sustained poverty over a half century."
—Journal of Social History
"No other book so effectively locates antipoverty policy right where it belongs, in America's political economy. . . . On economic policy, Stricker is provocative and incisive."
This is a sobering but engrossing account of an important subject, written with scholarly authority in an entertaining, even inviting, style.
—Edward D. Berkowitz, George Washington University