Paternalism : An Effective Approach Essay

1531 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Paternalism as an approach to antipoverty policy is the most persuasive approach compared to enforcement, improving opportunities, and marriage. Paternalism is able to account for the shortcomings of the other approaches while simultaneously maintaining a political view that is appealing to both liberals and conservatives. By approaching antipoverty policy through a method of combining aid with structure in the form of obligations, it is able to both help the poor in the form of aid and teach and guide them to live an orthodox lifestyle that will help bring them out of poverty.
With respect to the long-term poor, paternalism remains the best approach to helping the poor, not just by providing them with benefits, but also with obligations that will help the poor to acclimate to a lifestyle that will help them get out of poverty. In attaching obligations to benefits, paternalism is similar to enforcement. However, whereas enforcement lacks authority and supervision to ensure recipients of benefits act on their obligations, paternalism provides the oversight to guarantee that recipients are taking an active effort themselves to alleviate their poverty. Paternalism is a “help and hassle” effort concerned with changing how the poor live by providing structure with aid, rather than simply improving the benefits the poor receive. It is an approach that offers directive and supervisory guidance as a means to alleviate social problems that are often attached to poverty.…

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