The Sometime Connection: Public Opinion and Social Policy / Edition 1 available in Paperback
- Pub. Date:
- State University of New York Press
Explores the role that public opinion plays in the development of social policy in the United States.
The Sometime Connection introduces a variety of theoretical perspectives on the connection between public opinion and policy and applies them to six social policy topics: abortion, affirmative action, welfare, Social Security, corrections, and pornography. The book provides complete policy histories, information on trends in public opinion, and a diagnosis of the role that public opinion has played in the development of policy for each of the six topics discussed.
About the Author
Elaine B. Sharp is Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. She is the author of several books, including Culture Wars and City Politics; The Dilemma of Drug Policy; Urban Politics and Administration; and Citizen Demand-Making in the Urban Context.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
1. Public Policy and Public Opinion: The Elusive Connection
2. Imprisonment and Public Opinion: The Broken Thermostat
3. Affirmative Action: A Downsian Sequence
4. The Regulation of Pornography: Policy Change and Non-Attitudes
5. Abortion: Strident Controversy and Policy Responsiveness
6. Welfare: Symbols and Substance of Policy Responsiveness
7. Social Security: Promises They Can't Deliver
8. Public Opinion and Social Policy Change: Sequences and Contingencies