Gender, Families, and State: Child Support Policy in the United States

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997 - Political Science - 210 pages
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This insightful and original book is the first to examine the relationship between families and the state in the United States, both in theory and in practice, using child support policy as a lens of analysis. Josephson cogently presents the origins, evolution, and organization of federal child support programs and persuasively demonstrates how some child support enforcement policies, rather than increasing women's access to economic resources, expand government and social control over the beneficiaries. Drawing on the literature of both feminist political theory and public policy implementation, Josephson analyzes the impact of family law and social welfare policies through several empirical case studies. This is important reading for anyone interested in political theory, public policy, and women's relationship to the state.

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Federal Child Support Law and Policy
29
Child Support in the States Maryland and Texas
57
Child Support Policy in Practice
95
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Jyl J. Josephson is assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

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