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Targeted Universalism: Policy & Practice

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley released this primer on the “targeted universalism” framework, which allows for creative, new policy remedies to pressing social problems as an alternative to traditional approaches inadequate for achieving goals of universal access and inclusion. It provides a roadmap to design policy that can serve groups otherwise excluded, while also promising to improve outcomes for people situated in relatively privileged positions. This is accomplished by re-imagining the range of implementation strategies needed to accomplish the universal goal. The targeted universalism framework was developed by Haas Institute Director john a. powell as a response to the constraints of the two dominant approaches in policy thinking: the targeted approach, and the universal approach. Targeted universalism borrows the strengths and avoids the weaknesses of both targeted and universal approaches. The primer offers historical and contemporary examples and imagery to illustrate the limitations of traditional approaches and how a targeted universalism platform can spur innovative policy design to solve enduring problems. At the same time, the targeted universalism policy development process unlocks potential for transformative change by breaking out of a one-size-fits-all mold.

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