The Family Support Act of 1988: A Case Study of Welfare Policy in the 1980s

Title

The Family Support Act of 1988: A Case Study of Welfare Policy in the 1980s

Files

Document Type

Book

Description

This study makes a contribution to understanding the politics of policy-making by exploring the relationship between political ideology, public opinion, and social welfare policy. It investigates this linkage through a case study of the Family Support Act of 1988. Findings are based on analysis of Congressional hearings and debates, news media editorials and commentaries (over three years), Congressional interviews, and documentary evidence obtained from the private legislative files of Senetor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the legislative sponsor. The latter, exclusive access to the files, provides the study with the perspective of enabling a "policy story" to be told using "insiders" information. Prevailing notions about poverty, dependance and welfare, and the role of government are examined and placed within a theoretical framework grounded in individualistic and structuralist perspectives.

ISBN

0773472266

Publication Date

2-2002

Publisher

Edwin Mellen Press

City

Lewiston, N.Y.

Keywords

Family Support Act of 1988, Public welfare

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Legal Studies | Sociology