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Family Policy Matters, 3rd Edition

"This is the top text in my view. … I feel very comfortable introducing this book to undergraduates as well as graduates because of the level of the writing. … It is hard to find a book that provides a foundation for family policy … this is the best available. … Bogenschneider provides structure and tools for understanding how policy is done." – Clinton Gudmunson, Iowa State University, USA


Request your complimentary exam copy of Family Policy Matters How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do, Third Edition today!

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Highlights of the new edition include:

  • Many new references and policies that reflect recent changes in the economy, politics, and family forms and functions.
  • Many new learning tools including guiding questions, more tables and figures, key terms defined chapter glossaries, discussion questions, and chapter summaries.
  • Enhanced global perspective with a new chapter (5) that features what policies nations have put in place to strengthen and support families.
  • New chapter (8) that views how family considerations can improve the effectiveness of policy decisions on issues such as early childhood care and education, health care, juvenile crime, long-term care, parent education, and welfare reform.
  • New chapter (11) on what the policy process and policymakers are really like—what forces guide policy decisions and how policymaking institutions operate.
  • New chapter (12) that provides a theoretical and empirical rationale for why to view issues through the family impact lens and what innovative tools and procedures exist for analyzing the family impact of organizations, policies, programs, and practices.
  • Several chapters that review what professionals can do in the policy arena and how to do it.
  • Updated web-based teaching materials including sample syllabi, classroom activities and assignments, daily lesson plans, test questions, teaching insights, and more.

Part 1 highlights what family policy is and why it’s important and how family life in the U.S. differs from other countries. Part 2 examines the contributions family considerations can bring to issues such as early childhood education, health care, juvenile crime, long-term care, and welfare reform. Part 3 explains why polarization has stymied progress in family policymaking and guidelines for fostering compromise. Insights are drawn from the history of family policy over the last century. Part 4 provides strategies for getting involved in family policymaking. It reviews: the processes policymaking institutions use to enact legislation; new techniques for assessing the family impact of policies and programs; strategies for building better public policies; and various professional roles and careers for building family policy. The book concludes with a summary of how and where we go from here.

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Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Rationale for Family Policymaking 1. From the Reluctant Student to Passionate Proponent: How Youth have Used Family Policy to Change the World 2. Why We Should Focus on Families in Policymaking, and Why We Don’t 3. Defining Family Policy: An Identity of Its Own 4. Policies and Practices Biased Toward Individual Rights over Family Responsibilities 5. How Families Support Society and How Societies Support Families: A Global View 6. How Society Shapes Families: A U.S. View Part 2: Viewing Policies and Programs through the Family Impact Lens 7. Families as a Legitmate Focus on Public Policy: Yesterday and Today 8. How Current Policy Issues can Benefit from the Family Impact Lens Part 3: Using Theory and Practice to Advance Enduring Family Policy in the 21st Century 9. Bridging Controversy and Building Consensus: The Theory of Paradox 10. Looking Back to Move Forward: Lessons from the History of Family Policy Part 4: Strategies for Getting Involved in Family Policymaking 11. What Policymakers and the Policy Process are Really Like 12. Building Family-Focused Policy: The Family Impact Lens Toolkit 13. Building Evidence-Based Family Policy: Insights from the Family Impact Seminars 14. Deciding What You Can Do: Careers in Family Policy 15. Approaches for Getting Involved in Family Policy: Advocacy or Education 16. Making Family Policy Matter: Moving from Analysis to Action