Family Policy Matters How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do

ISBN-10: 080586072X

ISBN-13: 9780805860726

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Karen Bogenschneider

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Drawing on hundreds of studies in the last 20 years, the new edition ofFamily Policy Mattersbrings a fresh perspective to family policy, underscoring why it is needed, and outlining how policymaking should be approached. Author Karen Bogenschneider proposes a theoretical framework for conceptualizing policy issues in a way that holds the potential for overcoming controversy and identifying common ground. nbsp; This new edition includes updates on the most current research, including:nbsp; *new issues that have changed the political landscape for families (e.g. strengthening marriage initiative, same-sex marriage); *an updated section on state statutes or Governor's orders that require family impact analysis; *a new chapter on the history of family policy in this century; *a new appendix on how to conduct a family impact analysis; and *two new case studies on writing family policy newsletters for state policymakers and teaching family impact analysis to the general public. The targeted audience includes researchers interested in seeing their research and ideas acted upon in the policy world; family professionals who work to connect research and policymaking; and instructors interested in making family policy come alive for undergraduate and graduate students. This book is an ideal textbook for family policy courses.
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List price: $55.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Dr. Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel Bascom Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Family Policy Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Since its inception in 1993, Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars--a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions for state policymakers. Since 1999, she has directed the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars, which is currently providing technical assistance to 28 sites across the country conducting or planning to conduct Family Impact Seminars in their state capitals. Dr. Bogenschneider�s book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do , is in its second edition. She was invited to write the family policy decade review for the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2000 and 2010 (along with Tom Corbett). Dr. Bogenschneider is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and has received numerous awards for her scholarship and outreach programs.Dr. Thomas J. Corbett served as Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty for several years until his retirement and remains an active affiliate. He has long studied social assistance systems that affect the well-being of disadvantaged families and has explored methods for assessing program effectiveness including service on a National Academy of Sciences expert panel examining methods for evaluating contemporary welfare reform. He co-edited a book with Mary Clare Lennon titled Policy Into Action and has worked on poverty-related policy issues at all levels of government, including a year as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he worked on national welfare reform.

Preface: The Floating Opera of Family Policy
Preface to Reluctant Students of Family Policy
The Rationale for Family Policymaking
Do We Need a Family Perspective in Policymaking?
Is Policymaking Focused More on Families or Individuals? Are Professionals Adequately Trained in Family Science, Theory, and Methodology?
What Is Family Policy? What Is a Family Perspective in Policymaking?
Do Families Matter and What Is Their Value in Policymaking?
Are Family Issues a Legitimate Focus of Policymaking?
Applying a Family Perspective to Current Policy Issues
Do We Know What Good Parenting Is? Can Public Policy Promote It?
Can a Family-Focused Approach Benefit Health Care?
What Current Policies and Proposals Are Changing the Political Landscape for Families?
Using Theory and Practice to move Controversial Policies Forward
How Can We Bridge the Controversy and Move Family Policies Forward? The Theory of Paradox
What Can We Learn from the Roots of American Social Policy About Building Enduring Family Policies in the 21st Century?
What Can We Learn from the Past About Methods for Moving Family Policy Forward in the Future?
Strategies for Getting Involved in Family Policymaking
What Roles Can Family Professionals Play to Build Family Policy?
Which Approach Is Best for Getting Involved in Family Policy: Advocacy or Education?
How Can We Connect Research With State Policymaking? Lessons From the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars
How Can Professionals Team up With Communities to Influence Local Policymaking? Guidelines From Wisconsin Youth Futures
Is It Time to Take Family Policy Seriously?
Author Index
Subject Index
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