Family Policy Matters
How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do
Routledge – 2002 – 312 pages
Drawing on hundreds of studies in the last 20 years, the new edition of Family Policy Matters brings 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.
This new edition includes updates on the most current research, including:
*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.
*Instructor's Manual with sample syllabi for both undergraduate and graduate courses, suggested readings, assignments, and class activities, discussion questions, daily lesson plans, instructor insights, special presentations to enrich one's class, and PowerPoint slides.
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.
Contents: T. Ooms, Foreword. T.J. Corbett, Foreword. Preface: The Floating Opera of Family Policy. Part I:The Rationale for Family Policy. 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? Are Family Issues a Legitimate Focus of Policymaking? Part II:Applying a Family Perspective to Current Policy Issues. D. Riley, K. Bogenschneider, Do We Know What Good Parenting Is? Can Public Policy Promote It? W.J. Doherty, Can a Family-Focused Approach Benefit Health Care? What Family Policy Issues Are Likely to Be Debated in the New Millennium? Part III: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 Past Successes to Guide Family Policy in the Future? Part IV: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? K. Bogenschneider, J.R. Olson, J. Mills, K.D. Linney, How Can We Connect Research and Knowledge 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? Appendix.