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Opinion Papers and Book Reviews by Jim Masters

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  1. Plusses and Issues on automating most or all of the application process for transfer payments including LIHEAP, Food Stamps, SSI, TANF, etc. (Both Texas and California are working on this approach for TANF). By Jim Masters, updated August 17, 2005.

  2. Let's Get More Clear about Managing the Amount of Social Control. By Jim Masters, September, 2004.

  3. Why Comparing the War on Poverty with Welfare Reform Won’t Work.  By Jim Masters, updated August 16, 2005.

  4. Rebuilding the Program Development Function: Stop "Waiting for Godot!"  By Jim Masters, April 13, 2005.

  5. How to Guarantee Pensions for Poor People – Just Like the Private Sector Does It. By Jim Masters,  September, 2005

  6. Welfare Reform?  We're Still Waiting! By Jim Masters, August 2004.

  7. Why Some Historic Anti Poverty Strategies No Longer Work. By Jim Masters, August 2005.

  8. (Re-)Defining and Measuring Poverty: Challenges and Opportunities. By Jim Masters and Teresa Wickstrom, July 21, 2004.

  9. Symbiosis: Symbiotic Relationships. By Jim Masters, February 2005.

  10. Want to Get People out of Poverty? Replace Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Masters Circles of Strength. July, 2004.

  11. The Current Era. Where America is today.  February 27, 2004.

  12. Eliminate the Use of Obsolete Terms. Stop calling them clients! January 20, 2016.

  13. Community action is a combination of a social movement, a strategy, an administrative structure and a profession, December 14, 2015.

  14. Social Values and Public Policy: From Opportunities to Rights and Back to Opportunities (.htm) January 26, 2005

  15. Outcomes for Head Start as Related to ROMA Goals. October, 2004.

  16. Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History by Alice O’ Conner. Book review by Jim Masters, January, 2005.

  17. Common Intake Forms and Other Efforts at Service Coordination and Integration by Jim Masters, Sept 10, 2004
  18. Ending Poverty by Muhammad Yunus. April, 2004.

  19. Human Services Futures: A Strategic Visionby Jim Masters. 1986.

  20. Background Information About Work and Income by Jim Masters

  21. What is Work? What Can Nonprofits Do? By Jim Masters

  22. Innovation and Entrepreneurship, By Peter Drucker. 1985 Harper and Row.

  23. Years of Poverty, Years of Plenty: The Changing Economic Fortunes of American Workers and Families, University of Michigan, 1984, Greg J. Duncan. $14.50 in paperback. 

  24. The Capitalist Revolution, by Peter L. Berger, Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1986. Excerpts from pages 58-68.

  25. An Overview of Continuous Quality Improvement by John Johnston and Jim Masters. February, 2003.

  26. APHSA American Public Human Services Association:  Reflections of 75 Years of Excellence in Public Human Services, interviews with Barbara Blum and Jule Sugarman by Jim Masters. March 2005.

  27. Use Your Meeting Planning to Help Keep Your Field Vibrant and Growing, November 2004, by Jim Masters.

  28. Return to Original Mission:  The Self-Sufficiency Imperative for Community Action Agencies, written by Karl S. Pnazek, CAA Director at CAP Services in Wisconsin. January 2006.
  29. When There Is a LOT of New Money, by Jim Masters. updated sm March 25, 2009.
  30. Smart Spending: CSBG Stimulus Money, by Jim Masters.updated smApril 2, 2009.

  31. ROMA:  Results Oriented Management and Accountability

       * New Antipoverty Strategies Needed April 2004.

       * ROMA Workbook: Peeling the Onion (.doc) January 2000.

       * What CAP Needs to Do Now (A Conversation) between Jim Masters, John Buckstead and Bob Clark. April 2006.

  32. Next Phase:  New Anti-Poverty Strategies Needed by Jim Masters.

  33. Evolution of Antipoverty Strategy in 27 transitions, February 2004  (.doc)

  34. See Jim Master's Letter to the Editor published in the San Francisco Chronicle 3/1/2013, "Head Start fosters learning atmosphere"

  35. High Impact Strategies (.pdf)

  36. 2016 Description How Economy Now Works and What it Means for Your CAA (.doc)

  37. Large Scale Planning Needed (.docx)

  38. Social Values and Public Policy (.doc)

  39. An Open Letter to Community Action:

    Today, October 25, 2016, is the second anniversary of the passing of Community Action hero and legend, Charles Braithwait, CCAP Emeritus, LBJ’96.  As many of you know, Charles and I traveled around the country for many years to present a living history of Community Action that covered every administration beginning with President John F. Kennedy, and included Charles’ successful suit against President Richard M. Nixon which saved Community Action in 1973. 

    Our last live presentation with audience was in Barbourville, Kentucky, December 16, 2011.  Travel that trip was very difficult for Charles, so after consideration and planning, we filmed the presentation at Charles and Sandra’s home in rural Lowry City, Missouri, September 15-16, 2012. 

    To paraphrase a favorite historian, Allan Nevins: Seated at a roaring loom for over fifty years, time has woven a seamless garment of Community Action, but that garment is invisible and intangible except where the dyes of history fall upon it to preserve it forever for generations to come. 

    I hope the Braithwait & McCann Living History being released in his memory on YouTube today will preserve forever Charles Braithwait’s magnificent passion for Community Action and his substantial meaningful contributions over fifty years.  

    All the best, Charles H. McCann, CCAP Emeritus, LBJ’08

  40. What Prof. Peritz was referring to about the relative influence of groups on policy making by Congress: “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.”

  41. 2018 Trump Budget Blueprint (.pdf)

  42. A Better Way-Poverty-Policy Paper (.pdf)

  43. Indivisible Guide December 31, 2016 (.pdf)

  44. What Do We Do Now? (.docx)

  45. What Is To Be Done-Partnership Conference 2017 July 28, 2017 (.pptx)

  46. What Community Activists Should Do Now January, 2017 (.docx)

  47. Overview of Civil Discourse (updated March 26, 2018) (.docx)

Jim Masters
Center for Community Futures
P.O. Box 5309
Berkeley, CA  94705


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