Implications for Families, Children, and Policy Makers

  • Jill Duerr Berrick
  • Bruce Fuller


Public policies in democratic societies necessarily stem from the moral values of citizens, often rooted in the cultural or economic interests of particular social classes. When the political left pushes to boost the minimum wage, expand preschool programs, or keep religion out of public schools, a particular set of social values predominates. When conservatives trust the market to provide livable wages, push marriage as a sacred activity, or allocate public dollars to aunts and boyfriends to provide child care, here too, fundamental values are being expressed through policy.


Child Care Minimum Wage Welfare Reform Child Welfare System Nonresidential Father 
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