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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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States’ Political Cultures and Their Constructed Solutions to Family Problems in the 1990s

States’ Political Cultures and Their Constructed Solutions to Family Problems in the 1990s

States’ political cultures and their constructed solutions to family problems in the 1990s

Given that states share with federal and local governments the responsibility for addressing the problems of families, it seemed reasonable to inquire about the solutions that states constructed to address such problems in the 1990s. Did their constructions of solutions to family problems differ from one another and from those of the federal government? And if so, how? To answer these questions, a content analysis was undertaken of the legislative summaries of six states—California, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, and South Carolina—for 3 data years: 1991, 1993, and 1995. The states were selected on the basis of Daniel Elazar's (1972, ...

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