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Discovering child povertyThe creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present$
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Lucinda Platt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345837

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.001.0001

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Conclusion: child poverty on the agenda

Conclusion: child poverty on the agenda

(p.115) Seven Conclusion: child poverty on the agenda
Discovering child poverty

Lucinda Platt

Policy Press

This chapter highlights some remaining issues to consider in relation to child poverty at the end of the 20th century; and it also summarises the problematic relationship between research and policy that has marked the last 200 years and cannot be said to have been resolved in the present day. It observes that child poverty and its alleviation — or even elimination — has now reached an uncontentious position as a priority for government. It notes that it seems that the facts and impacts of child poverty as demonstrated incrementally through research have finally been accorded unequivocal recognition. It asks to what extent, however, this is a permanent shift in approach. It further asks, to what extent does it represent a genuine break with past approaches, and finally to what extent it represents a direct translation from the demonstrable findings of research to political will and universal consensus.

Keywords:   child poverty, government, research, policy, political will, universal consensus

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