The Geography of American Poverty: Is There a Need for Place-Based Policies? The Geography of American Poverty: Is There a Need for Place-Based Policies?
Mark D. Partridge and Dan S. Rickman
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376 pp. 2006
$56.00 cloth 978-0-88099-287-9
$22.00 paper 978-0-88099-286-2

Partridge and Rickman explore the wide geographic disparities in poverty across the United States. Their focus on the spatial dimensions of U.S. poverty reveals distinct differences across states, metropolitan areas, and counties and leads them to consider why antipoverty policies have succeeded in some places and failed in others.

"This book makes an important contribution to the debate on place-based versus person-based policies. Because the focus is on reducing poverty, rather than reducing poverty concentration or improving the overall economic health of declining areas, it approaches the question from a unique and valuable perspective. The most important insight is that space matters: economic geography is likely to influence the success of local economic development as a poverty reduction tool. Policymakers, take note." –Journal of Regional Science