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Appeared in: Volume 7, Number 6
Published on: June 10, 2012
Retroview: What Poverty Means

We usually think of John Kenneth Galbraith as the archetypal liberal—and not without reason. But Galbraith's late 1950s understanding of the interplay between the sources of poverty and public policy remediation was far more realistic, and in every way superior, to what came after him. A look back is both enlightening and, frankly, a bit depressing, given the profound confusion we have been mired in ever since.

Neil Gilbert is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

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