State and Local Innovation

Which states and cities are winning the war on poverty? And which are making things worse?

Table of Contents (Summer 2011)


Spotlight on... Family Independence Initiative
Esra Burak talks with Maurice Lim, head of the Family Independence Initiative, about his radically different approach to helping families achieve self-sufficiency.
Race to the Bottom
The new Race to the Top initiative promises a results-driven model for improving education through testing and accountability. But Diane Ravitch argues that it's just a warmed-over version of No Child Left Behind and will likely harm our most disadvantaged students.


All Together Now, One By One: Building Capacity for Urban Education Reform in Promise Neighborhoods
James M. Quane and William Julius Wilson describe the promising results of the Harlem Children's Zone, why the current backlash against the Harlem Children’s Zone is unwarranted, and the future of such programs across the nation.
Innovate, Research, Repeat: New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity
Veronica White and Kristin Morse detail the lessons learned from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s innovative experiment in combating poverty in our nation’s biggest city.
The "Wisconsin Idea" and Antipoverty Innovation
Timothy M. Smeeding and Joanna Y. Marks take us on a tour of Wisconsin's past and present as a national leader in the science-driven battle against poverty.
Taxing the Poor: How Some States Make Poverty Worse
Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O'Brien show that many Southern states are making poverty worse because of their regressive tax policies.

Research in Brief

New Research Developments
New research on the emergence of exclusive neighborhoods for the rich; a surprising test of the supposed job-creating effects of small businesses; how natural disasters can reveal the effects of poverty on stress; and other cutting-edge research.


Economic Divisions and Political Polarization in Red and Blue America
To hear pundits tell it, the well-to-do are increasingly likely to "vote blue." Andrew Gelman examines the data and finds it just ain't so.