ISBN-10:
0791442969
ISBN-13:
9780791442968
Pub. Date:
09/28/1999
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
The Sometime Connection: Public Opinion and Social Policy / Edition 1

The Sometime Connection: Public Opinion and Social Policy / Edition 1

by Elaine B. Sharp

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The Sometime Connection: Public Opinion and Social Policy / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791442968
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: SUNY series in Urban Public Policy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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

Notes

References

Index

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