Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty (Paperback)
About the Author
SCOTT W. ALLARD is professor of public policy at the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
“Scott W. Allard is one of the nation’s foremost experts on poverty, and Places in Need is a tour de force. This carefully-researched book offers more than innovative economic analysis and important lessons for social policy. It represents a deeply moral call to update our thinking about vulnerable people across America and rethink outdated assumptions about how to assist them. Places in Need must become required reading for anyone who seeks to understand modern American poverty, let alone begin to combat it.”
—Arthur Brooks, president, American Enterprise Institute
“Places in Need tells the story of how poverty has grown dramatically in suburban America due to displacement, immigration, and job loss and how the existing social safety net is ill-equipped to address this new challenge. Scott W. Allard’s analysis expertly marshals both quantitative and qualitative data to give a nuanced account of the difficulties of meeting social needs in suburban locales. His insights and policy recommendations should be carefully studied by policymakers and social service providers as they come to grips with this new reality.”
—Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University, Camden