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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.

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Political Culture Theory: An Alternative to Rational Choice Theory

Political Culture Theory: An Alternative to Rational Choice Theory

Political culture theory: An alternative to rational choice theory

Government structures and the values that underlie them are viewed as key to explaining constructed solutions to family problems from the institutional perspective; net value maximization is key from the perspective of rational choice theory; past policies and programs are key in such constructions from the perspective of the incremental model; and competitive conditions of no authority are key from the perspective of game theory. But the attitudes and values that people hold toward government and other people are seen as key to such constructions from the perspective of political culture theory. Because the framework was presented in some detail in Chapter 8, 1 will not discuss it ...

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