Even as our political system remains deeply divided between right and left," there is a clear yearning for a more moderate third way that navigates an intermediate position to address the most pressing issues facing the United States today. Moving Working Families Forward points to a Third Way between liberals and conservatives, combining a commitment to government expenditures that enhance the incomes of working families while recognizing that concerns for program effectiveness, individual responsibility, and underutilization of market incentives are justified. While conservatives often propose economic incentives to promote desirable behavior, and liberals are often aghast at these policies, Third Way advocates take a more flexible position.Robert Cherry and Robert Lerman provide the context to understand the distinctive qualities of Third Way policies, focusing on seven areas that substantially affect working families: immigration, race and gender earnings disparities, education, housing, strengthening partnerships, and federal taxes. Balancing quantitative empirical studies with voices of working class people who are affected by the policies being discussed, they argue that, in each of these areas, Third Way policies are superior compared to those proposed by the right and the left, offering an engaging and important perspective on how public policies should be changed. A timely approach, Moving Working Families Forward makes policy recommendations that are both practical and transformative.
About the Author
Robert Cherry is a Koppelman Professor of Economics at Brooklyn College and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute. He has written widely on the economic aspects of discrimination and related policy issues, including affirmative action, immigration, and federal tax subsidies for workers. His most recent books are Who Gets the Good Jobs?, Combating Race and Gender Disparities and Prosperity for All, African Americans and the Economic Boom.
Robert Lerman is Professor of Economics at American University, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, and author or editor of many books, including Improving Career Outcomes for Youth: Lessons from the U.S. and OECD Experience and Young Unwed Fathers: Changing Roles and Emerging Policies.