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.
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"...this well-written book delivers on its promise--a strong account for sea changes in child support policy. The Politics of Child Support in America is recommended reading for students of public policy, advocates, and child support professionals."
-Family Court Review

"This is a useful and timely contribution to studies of social policy change and should spark other fruitful research."
-Renee Monson, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521824606
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The limits of studying entrepreneurial episodes; 2. Child support enforcement: the current system; 3. Charity workers and local law enforcement: the beginnings of American child support policy; 4. Social workers as challenger entrepreneurs; 5. Conservatives as challenger entrepreneurs; 6. Women leaders as challenger entrepreneurs; 7. Fathers' rights groups as challenger entrepreneurs; 8. Innovation and the vibrancy of American entrepreneurship.
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