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The Effectiveness of the Safety Net and Evidence for Responsible Policy

How effective is America’s social safety net? How should we reform entitlement programs so that they’re more effective and fiscally viable? The AAPSS invited experts to contribute to a special issue of The ANNALS focused on answering these questions. The result was a comprehensive, critical look at the nation’s safety-net programs, with an eye toward fundamental […]

Preventing Fatal Police Shootings: It Can Be Done

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Every year, more than 1,000 Americans die during encounters between police and citizens. And contrary to US Supreme Court opinions, fatal shootings do not inevitably arise from split-second decisions; they are preventable by a broad range of interventions in systems and institutions. On Tuesday, May 26, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, together […]

Inequality and Digital Learning in the COVID Era

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The AAPSS partnered with the School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University to consider the issues of inequality and digital learning that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing researchers with expertise in those areas together with policy makers and educators in charge of schools and school systems. In a […]

Working Parents in COVID-19: The Impact and the Policy Response

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The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified disparities in health and in social and economic well-being among demographic and socioeconomic groups in America. Many low-wage workers are now considered to be essential workforce participants, and states’ various attempts to “reopen” their economies force Americans in already difficult circumstances at home to decide between workforce participation and safety […]

2020 AAPSS Fellows Induction: Can Democracy Survive Growing Inequality?

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Each year, AAPSS invites a small group of outstanding scholars/public servants to join the Academy as Fellows. Fellows are elected in recognition of their contributions to advancement of the social sciences. Each Fellowship is named after a distinguished scholar or civic leader who has contributed to The ANNALS. Reflecting the broad and interdisciplinary nature of […]

We Can Do Better: Cross-System Approaches for Addressing Child Maltreatment

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From birth to age 18, over one-third of U.S. children are investigated by child welfare systems due to allegations of child abuse and neglect, one-eighth are determined to be victims of maltreatment, and about 6% spend some time in foster care. Child welfare services in the United States are also extremely expensive, with an estimated […]