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The Politics of Child Support in America

The Politics of Child Support in America

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Jocelyn Elise Crowley
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 8/25/2003
EAN 9780521824606, ISBN10: 0521824605

Hardcover, 232 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Political observers have long since struggled with understanding how new ideas are placed on the public agenda. In their studies, most social scientists have relied on biographical sketches and intensive case studies to explore the intricacies of innovation. Researchers have had much more difficulty, however, in moving from these individual success stories to more generalizable theories of entrepreneurship. This book builds such a theory by focusing on the critical issue of child support enforcement in the United States. Covering over a 100 year period, this book tracks the evolution of multiple sets of political entrepreneurs as they grapple with the child support problem: charity workers with local law enforcement in the nineteenth century, social workers throughout the 1960s, conservatives during the 1970s, women's groups and women legislators in the 1980s, and fathers' rights groups in the 1990s and beyond.

1. The limits of studying entrepreneurial episodes
2. Child support enforcement
the current system
3. Charity workers and local law enforcement
the beginnings of American child support policy
4. Social workers as challenger entrepreneurs
5. Conservatives as challenger entrepreneurs
6. Women leaders as challenger entrepreneurs
7. Fathers' rights groups as challenger entrepreneurs
8. Innovation and the vibrancy of American entrepreneurship.