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Family Policies Constructed at the Federal Level for Selected Years in the 1980s and 1990s

Family Policies Constructed at the Federal Level for Selected Years in the 1980s and 1990s

Family policies constructed at the federal level for selected years in the 1980s and 1990s

Because attitudes as specific expressions of values and beliefs (Theodorson & Theodorson, 1969) provide the impetus for action in concrete situations (here in the form of congressional votes on legislative provisions related to families), what attitudes can be inferred from House and Senate roll call votes related to families in the 1980s and 1990s? Did they reflect some of the attitudes people expressed in the surveys cited in Chapter 5? What might such votes depict about the kinds of policy solutions that were constructed in addressing the problems that families were experiencing in the last decades ...

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