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Why has baby care laws built alongside its current path? How did the political gamers effect lawmakers? What do the politics of kid care laws over the last thirty years point out for the long run? according to a couple of hundred interviews with legislators and government department officers, archival learn, and secondary resources, this publication seems to be on the politics at the back of baby care laws, instead of studying baby care as a piece and relations factor. settling on key junctures at which significant baby care accounts have been brought and debated (1971, 1990, and 1996), Sally Cohen examines the politics surrounding every one of those occasions and identifies the political buildings and negotiations that advanced within the intervening years. moreover, Cohen seems to be on the influence the election of President Clinton has had on baby care policymaking, and the way baby care laws turned a part of different matters, together with welfare reform, crime prevention, college readiness, and tax coverage revisions.

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These structures offer vistas through which a host of political and socioeconomic forces can be examined. 33 It differs from the many publications on child care policies, which 14 Introduction are cited throughout the book, in that its focus is on the politics, not the policy analyses. Its goal is not to tout a particular policy option, such as a universal system, but rather to show the importance of political negotiations in understanding contemporary child care policies. 35 Her work is based on the premises that child care is an undervalued public policy and that universal child care is a desirable goal.

7 percent of all children under eighteen lived in families with incomes below the Introduction 11 federal poverty level. 3 million children in poverty in 1998 comprise a 3 million increase in the overall number of children who were poor since 1979. 19 In 1997, 22 percent of all children under age six lived in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, and another 20 percent were in families with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold. 21 Early childhood programs offer many benefits, especially for disadvantaged children,22 and are important in reversing possible deleterious effects of poverty.

Voters or public officials) to take certain actions. As a result, economic theories of choice and rationality came to the forefront of political science. 50 For the past two decades, political scientists working under the rubric of the new institutionalism have pursued many different avenues of study. One approach incorporates rational choice, political behavior, bargaining, and politics with the parameters of institutional structures, rules, and procedures. 51 Such approaches are relevant to the politics of child care legislation in that rules of lawmaking and the structure of Congress shaped the politics of child care policymaking in many ways.

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