The politics of child support in America

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Examining the efforts of leaders in American child support, this book explores the topic of policy innovation over a 100-year period. It tracks the evolution of multiple sets of political entrepreneurs as they grapple with the child support problem: charity workers with local law enforcement in the 19th century; social workers through the 1960s; conservatives during the 1970s; women’s groups and women legislators in the 1980s; and fathers’ rights groups in the 1990s and beyond. Jocelyn Elise Crowley employs methodological tools from both political science and economics to highlight key stages in the innovation process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages217
ISBN (Electronic)9780511615603
ISBN (Print)9780521824606
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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