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R. Shep Melnick

R. Shep Melnick is the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Professor of American Politics at Boston College.

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Red Ink
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: July 31, 2018
This article appeared in: Vol. XVIII, Number 3, Summer 2018

The economic consequences of unstoppable entitlement spending are alarming.

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Poverty and Policy
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: May 11, 2016
This article appeared in: Vol. XVI, Number 2, Spring 2016

Poverty isn't fixed by cash. 

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A Tale of Two Cities
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: August 2, 2012
This article appeared in: Vol. XII, Number 3 - Summer 2012

A review of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, by Charles Murray

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Equality Misunderstood
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: August 1, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Number 3 - Summer 2011

A review of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

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Balance is All
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: March 21, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. X, Number 4 - Fall 2010

A review of American Politics, Then & Now: And Other Essays, by James Q. Wilson.

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The Two Billion Dollar Judge
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: July 13, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 2 - Spring 2009
Courts have not demonstrated the ability to produce the equal educational opportunity that they champion.
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Raising the Bar
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: October 9, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII, Number 4 - Fall 2008

Teles gives an account of the rise of the conservative legal movement.

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The Price of Rights
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: April 20, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 4 - Fall 2004
Constitutional rights to welfare benefits is an idea that refuses to die in the world of academia.
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The $10,000 Solution?
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: November 27, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 4 - Fall 2006

A review of In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State, by Charles Murray

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Reading, Writing, and Reform
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: August 30, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 3 - Summer 2006

Disproving 18 common beliefs about public education.

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Fat of the Land
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: March 20, 2006
This article appeared in: Vol. VI, Number 1 - Winter 2005/06

Competitive markets are still better at lifting people out of poverty than government programs.

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The Lonely Scold
By: R. Shep Melnick
Posted: September 1, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 4 - Fall 2003

Is Nader's truculence and grating moralism simply the product of the peculiar personality or is it the result of a "public interest" political ideology

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