I really enjoyed reading this book and found it to be chock-full of good information. It is well-written and readable.

– Dorina Noble, Louisiana State University

The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text.

– Jessica Ziembroski, University of Notre Dame

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.

Interest Group Theory and Elite Theory

Interest group theory and elite theory

Interest group theory and elite theory frameworks, unlike the policy frameworks presented in previous chapters, focus less on the processes directly involved in policy choices related to families than on some of the factors external to such choices that nonetheless influence them. These frameworks stand in contrast to the institutional perspective, which focuses on government structures and regularized patterns of activity and the values that underlie them. They also contrast with rational choice theory, which focuses on the systematic assessment of alternative solutions and the net value ratio of each. They similarly contrast with models that emphasize the constraints of policy choice such as (a) political culture theory, which focuses on the attitudes people ...

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