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With so many challenges facing families and governments in the United States today, this is an important time to be thinking about family policy. Respected family policy expert Shirley Zimmerman offers the only single-authored core textbook to provide a comprehensive and coherent introduction to family policy. The application of the frameworks to real life issues in family policy provides the opportunity for students to learn to think conceptually about family policy in relation to family problems. She clearly and cogently guides students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well-being, ending with a carefully considered set of conclusions and implications for policy practice.

Family Policy offers concrete illustrative examples that bring the academic subject matter to life for students. Questions at the end of each chapter help students test their comprehension of the material, deepen their understanding of the subject matter, and spur classroom discussion.

The Rational Choice Framework: The Construction of Family Policy as Rational Choice

The Rational Choice Framework: The Construction of Family Policy as Rational Choice

The rational choice framework: The construction of family policy as rational choice

Whereas the institutional framework emphasizes government structures and the values and norms underlying such structures that govern institutional practices, the rational choice framework emphasizes choice in the selection of alternative solutions constructed to address family problems, family policies and such solutions taking the form of different programs. Indeed, readers may recognize that in addition to the institutional framework, the debates over the Constitution are also illustrative of many of the features of the rational choice framework. Family policy from the perspective of the rational choice framework refers to the selection of one solution constructed to a family problem over another, based on ...

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