This past September, Professor Chris Howard was interviewed by the “No Jargon” podcast (run by the Scholars Strategy Network) about his upcoming book, Who Cares: The Social Safety Net in America. Howard discussed what and who is included in the “social safety net” and what role government and private charities play in addressing the needs of those in the net. He mentioned ways to help mend the safety net such as increasing the number of rental vouchers, offering renters tax credits, and restoring the Child Tax Credit. He also explained that “there are not enough angels” to deal with material hardship and that some government coercion, such as progressive income taxes, is needed to force the rich to care of the poor. For more on this topic, check out Professor Howard’s policy brief. You can listen to the full podcast at No Jargon.
In connection with his new book, Chris will be interviewed later in October by NPR radio station KERA (Dallas) and by the New Books Network podcast.
Professor Chris Howard is the Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at William & Mary. His book, Who Cares: The Social Safety Net in America (Oxford University Press), will be available October 2022.