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Family Policy: The Foundation of a Middle-Out Agenda
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Family Policy: The Foundation of a Middle-Out Agenda

If we want to have the kind of economy that can compete in the twenty-first-century global marketplace, making sure that the changes in how families work and live can support growth—both through stable consumption and through caring for workers—must be a top priority.

For middle-out economics to gain purchase in the public sphere as the progressive alternative to supply-side economics, it has to consist of more than a slogan. It has to be right on the economics and provide a clear policy direction. Focusing on the economic challenges of the middle class offers both the empirical justification and the policy direction for a progressive agenda. No set of policies is more central to making middle-out economics concrete and appealing to the American people than those designed to help middle-class families.

The above excerpt was originally published in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. Click here to view the full article.

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Heather Boushey

Former Senior Fellow