The Child Poverty Debate

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Book 25
Bridget Williams Books
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What is child poverty, what evidence is there of such poverty in New Zealand and why does it matter? These questions regularly attract answers accompanied by conjecture and prejudice. This short book uses the latest evidence and a non-partisan approach, identifying child poverty as a critical issue for New Zealand’s future. Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s succinct introduction to this challenge, drawn from their widely acclaimed full-length book Child Poverty in New Zealand and updated with new data, is essential reading.
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Jonathan Boston is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He was previously the Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University. Professor Boston is a leading contributor to policy debate in New Zealand on a range of issues, and was the co-chair of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty in 2012. The author of numerous books and articles, he contributed to Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis (BWB, 2013), and chaired the book’s advisory group.

Simon Chapple is a Senior Research Fellow in the Dunedin Multi-disciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. Dr Chapple has held senior economist and public policy roles in New Zealand and abroad, spanning the Department of Labour, Ministry of Social Development, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Mar 9, 2015
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Pages
79
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ISBN
9781927277768
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economics / Theory
Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian
Social Science / Poverty & Homelessness
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