care policy in the electoral arena

From Dobbs v. Jackson to Rights v. Obligations

What’s wrong with Ross Douthat’s interpretation of the world in general and abortion rights in particular?

The Child Tax Credit, Singed if Not Combusted

Joe Manchin, Senator from West Virginia, oppose the child tax Credit on the grounds that mothers should be required to “work” in order to get assistance.

Republican Women, Intersected

A much larger percentage of women than men voted for Joe Biden: The race/gender intersection proved more salient: 93% of Black women voted for Biden, reflecting long-standing historical allegiances, Biden’s affiliation with Obama, and visceral dislike of Trump.

Not O.K., Boomers (with postscript)

I must be a boomer, because I can never remember the difference between Generations X, Y (Millennials) and Z.

Greta on Fire

Greta Thunberg is highlighting a point that most economists have missed: climate change is happening so rapidly that it is threatening the economic prospects of children already born, children who lack the political or economic power to fully  represent their own interests, but are fully capable of anger, outrage, and protest at the complacency of the older generation.

Populist Prism, Patriarchal Facet

Populism relies on a complex coalition based on gender, race, and citizenship, as well as class. No one has explained its racist facet in the U.S. better than Ta-Nehisi Coates. Its other facets also deserve serious attention.

Cut Child Poverty by Half

The United Kingdom did it between 1999 and 2008. The Canadian government implemented a plan to do it in 2016. The U.S. almost did it between 1967 and 2016: cut the incidence of child poverty by half.

The Childcare Conundrum

The Warren proposal gets good marks from most progressive policy wonks. It seems edgy but possible. If implemented, would almost certainly have positive effects. So what’s not to like?

Try, Try, Try Again

On the referendum in Maine to create the Universal Home Care Program

After the Care Crisis

The opening question of a conference titled “After the Care Crisis” at the University of Pennsylvania on November 15 and 16 2018, was “What would an equitable relationship among care workers, employers, and society look like?” unique in bringing scholars and activists together.

Make Time for Overtime

You have an important opportunity between now and September 4 to weigh in on a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule change that would offer more overtime protection to salaried workers. This may seem like a somewhat indirect, even bureaucratic, way to stick up for workers rights, but it will matter. Consider it a contribution to a long and venerable political struggle.

Elect for Child Care

What can policy researchers do to help shape the upcoming U.S. debate? I can think of a lot of interesting possibilities