How to design the perfect welfare system

For stingy countries, public works programs tend to be more effective than just handing out cash. The operative word, of course, is "tend".

By Dylan Matthews January 7, 2013

Compassionate conservatism: Not (totally) dead yet

House Republicans are praising non-profit and community organizations that rely on mentoring, cultural change, and faith-based alternatives instead of direct government handouts. But they've also boosted funding for some of these programs for at-risk youth, even as they've cut direct assistance to the poor.