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The 1991 Child Support Act

Failure Foreseeable and Foreseen

Authors: McCarthy-Cotter, Leanne

  • Offers the first dedicated examination the policy-making and legislative process of the 1991 Child Support Act
  • Presents new findings based on analysis of previously unpublished documents and undisclosed insights gathered from interviews
  • Advances conceptual understanding of the policy making process by developing and deploying a range of theoretical and methodological approaches
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About this book

This book assesses the 1991 Child Support Act and demonstrates how its failure was ‘foreseeable’ and ‘foreseen’. It provides an understanding of the creation, and failure, of the Act, as well as providing an examination of the British policy-making process. The book re-introduces the ‘stages approach’ as an appropriate framework for examining policy-making in general, and analysing policy failure in particular. It draws on evidence gained through interviews, official documents, unpublished consultation responses, Parliamentary debates, and materials from pressure groups and think-tanks, as well as academic literature. The 1991 Child Support Act is seen as one of the most controversial and notorious policy failures in Britain. However it has received relatively little academic attention. An in-depth analysis of the policy-making process that led to the development and passage of this deeply flawed policy has largely been neglected: this book fills that gap.

About the authors

Leanne McCarthy-Cotter is Head of Policy for a UK trade union. Dr McCarthy-Cotter’s research is in the fields of governance, policy, and legislation studies, particularly focusing on policy design.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Approaches to Policy Analysis and the Stages Heuristic

    McCarthy-Cotter, Leanne

    Pages 1-31

  • The Background: ‘Setting the Scene’

    McCarthy-Cotter, Leanne

    Pages 33-44

  • Problem Definition: Multiple ‘Problems’, Different Frames, and False Representations

    McCarthy-Cotter, Leanne

    Pages 45-71

  • Policy Formation: ‘Dual-Policy Transfer’ and the 1991 Child Support Act

    McCarthy-Cotter, Leanne

    Pages 73-91

  • Policy Formation: The Imbalance of Power Within the Core Executive

    McCarthy-Cotter, Leanne

    Pages 93-131

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98761-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98760-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The 1991 Child Support Act
Book Subtitle
Failure Foreseeable and Foreseen
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98761-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98761-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98760-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 262
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations
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