Howard's research focuses on the history and politics of U.S. social policy. He has written about an unusually wide range of programs, from Social Security and workers’ compensation to Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Overarching themes in his work include the public-private mix in social policy; the intersection of social policy and tax policy; political support for inclusive versus targeted programs; and the extent to which public policies reinforce or reduce inequalities. Howard is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a local advisory board for social services.
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Provides the first comprehensive map of the social safety net, public and private, in the United States.
Offers a fresh approach to research methods, aimed primarily at undergraduates. Presents a balanced amount of experiments, statistical analysis, and case studies. Discusses asking good questions in the first half and providing good answers in the second half of the book.
Analyzes the different meanings of “means-testing” among policy elites, some connected to eligibility and benefits and others connected to financing.
Summarizes much of what we know about the politics of U.S. social policy with contributions from leading political scientists, sociologists, historians, and economists. Identifies promising paths for future research.