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Subject: Request for Articles: Anti-Poverty Policy Innovations
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Edited by *Lawrence M. Berger* and *Katherine Magnuson*, University of
Wisconsin-Madison; we also expect that
*Maria Cancian* will join us as a coeditor when she returns from leave in

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and the Russell Sage Foundation
have historically collaborated on a series of edited volumes on poverty and
poverty policy, which includes *Fighting Poverty, Confronting Poverty,
Understanding Poverty, and Changing Poverty, Changing Policies*. This
series has been widely used by teachers and scholars of poverty and related
issues, and has traditionally been comprised of state-of-the art review
chapters. The last volume, *Changing Poverty, Changing Policies*, was
published in 2009. Since that time, there have been a number of volumes
focusing on the Great Recession, as well as the fifty years of the War on
Poverty. These works have extensively reviewed recent trends, research, and
policy in the poverty arena. However, much less attention has been focused
on innovative, specific anti-poverty policy proposals in light of this
evidence. We believe that an issue of *RSF* highlighting such proposals
would greatly serve the field. We outline our vision for the issue below.

The journal issue will showcase a collection of innovative and specific
policy proposals intended to *reduce poverty in the short- and/or long-term
or improve economic wellbeing*. Each article will focus on a specific
social problem and/or population group. The issue aims to set the
anti-poverty policy agenda for the next decade or more by presenting
detailed real-world responses to current and emerging poverty-related
problems. The policy or inter-related set of policies proposed in each
article will include a description of the target group and problem;
eligibility criteria; program/service or benefit type and amount;
expectations regarding policy scope, reach, and take-up; potential
heterogeneity in effects across population groups or geographic location;
and expected cost and effectiveness, including public and private costs and
benefits. Each article must be firmly grounded in existing social science
research and present the science (theoretical and empirical research)
underpinning the proposed policy. *Articles should not propose an
overarching policy agenda in a particular domain. Rather each article
should propose a specific, potentially high-impact, innovative, or
particularly promising policy or policy approach and present evidence in
support of that approach.* That is, articles should leverage existing
research and policy analyses to present an evidence-based argument for
implementing novel and potentially transformational policy innovations in a
particular poverty-related domain.

The coeditors will contribute an extensive introductory piece that provides
a roadmap of current and expected poverty-related trends, evidence on the
causes and consequences of poverty, existing anti-poverty policies, and
evidence on the efficacy of existing approaches to addressing poverty. They
will also contribute a concluding piece that weighs the pros and cons of
the various proposals, including key tradeoffs, feasibility, and
prioritization. Selection will be determined by the potential for the
proposed policy approach to decrease poverty and/or improve the economic
wellbeing of low-income and poor individuals and families, as indicated by
the strength and quality of the scientific evidence offered in its support.

Please click here
for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

*Anticipated Timeline*

*Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two
pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to
two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no
later than 5 PM EST on April 15, 2016 to:*


All submissions must be original work that has not been previously
published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to
will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the
issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed
to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journal@rsage.org and not
to the email addresses of the editors of the special issue.

A conference will take place at RSF in New York City on *October 28, 2016*.
The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present
draft papers (due on September 28, 2016, a month prior to the conference)
and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs,
food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the
foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the
conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts. The papers will
then be sent out to two additional scholars for formal peer review. Having
received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise
their papers. The full and final issue will be published in the late 2017.
Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in
several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here
for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

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