Family Policies and Family Well-Being: The Role of Political Culture

Family Policies and Family Well-Being: The Role of Political Culture

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How can you assess the effects of existing government policies on families? Are there ways to predict the effects of future policies upon the family? Challenging the view that governmental social programs have been detrimental to family life, Zimmerman provides empirical evidence to show that attitudes toward the governments' role in relation to families are associated with the political cultures of different states. She also illustrates the relationship between states' political cultures and the kinds of family policies states enact. Important guidelines are suggested to aid in the development of a policy agenda that will enhance the well-being of individuals and families, regardless of where they live. Family Policies and Family Well-Being examines findings from several independent but related undertakings including: a survey of family ...

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