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The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families Hardcover – March 26, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; annotated edition edition (March 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691122687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691122687
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Currie's book . . . is engaging and free of both jargon and ideology. . . . [S]he has laid out a reform agenda that could guide modern-day Moynihans in their fight against political pressure to sacrifice the safety net on the altar of national security."--Michael Brus, RealChangeNews.org

"In-kind programs have long been neglected in discussions of the welfare system in the United States. . . . At a time when funding and other support for public assistance is shrinking, [Currie] contends, the profile of this safety net must be raised, lest it be dismantled before its importance is realized."--Education Week

"[Janet Currie] offers specific reforms for improving . . . [anti-poverty] programs . . . and concludes with an overview of an integrated safety net that would fight poverty more effectively and prevent children from slipping through holes in the net."--International Social Security Review

"Currie has performed a commendable service to readers of multiple disciplines. This volume traces changes to the welfare system as it issues a warning about the potential for undercutting the ability of poor children and families to thrive and develop as the welfare system is transformed. [This book] provides a wonderful primer on public policy for psychologists and others who are interested in the welfare of children and families."--Michael B. Blank and Marlene M. Eisenberg, PsycCRITIQUES

"Currie's book will never be mistaken for beach reading. But it is engaging and free of both jargon and ideology."--Michael Brus, Big Issue in the North

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"There is no one who can compare with Janet Currie in thinking about programs for the poor. Her views need to be taken very seriously."--David M. Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics and Dean for the Social Sciences, Harvard University, author of Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System

"This book is a must for all who are interested in improving the lives of children growing up in adversity. Its depth of scholarship documents how the 'invisible safety net' of programs in medical care, nutrition, housing, and early child care and preschool education have improved the lives of children and families even as welfare programs were being reduced. The author is analytic and incisive; the scholarship is impressive. This is a very creative approach to dealing with one of our society's basic problems."--Julius B. Richmond, MD, Harvard University, author of The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and What It Will Take To Get Out

"This book provides a clear summary of how key U.S. antipoverty programs operate, with evidence on what they do (and don't) accomplish. It's a book that any policy analyst with an interest in poverty should have on the shelf."--Rebecca M. Blank, University of Michigan, author of It Takes a Nation

"An extraordinarily important and well written book with an impeccable synthesis of the most credible existing research."--David Zimmerman, Williams College


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Cottman on May 29, 2014
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It was interesting, informative and very easy to read.
Will recommend it to those in the Human Services and Social Services Field.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2008
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This is a very thoughtful review of the literature that helps one understand what really works when it come to social programs. More importantly, careful analysis shows that many programs, while imperfect, do help.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie C. on February 25, 2012
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If you are only buying one book about child policy this should be it This is an outstanding book. It is easily digestible by everyone. It breaks down complex material in an easily understandable way. I have sent this book to scholars and lay people and they have all appreciated it.
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