ERIC Number: ED223489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Social Movements as Policy Entrepreneurs: The Family Protection Act and Family Impact Analysis.
Boles, Janet K.
Both the Family Impact Analysis and the Family Protection Act are perceived by governmental decision makers as pseudo-agenda items; thus, neither issue is being actively or seriously considered. The Family Impact Analysis and the concept of a Family Impact Statement (inspired but not modeled after the environmental impact statement) received an overwhelming mandate in 1980 from the White House Conferences on Families. Support was lost, however, during the second stage of the agenda building because of conceptual, methodological, political, and administrative difficulties. Currently only centers receiving relevant grants are engaged in analyzing the possibilities of a Family Impact Statement. The Family Protection Act (FPA), introduced in the 96th and 97th Congresses, contains 31 proposals. It is considered the major social movement of the New Right and establishes tax incentives for families and limits federal authority over child care, abortion, contraceptives, and juvenile delinquency. None of the House and Senate Committees to which the FPA was referred have held hearings, nor are any planned. The history of these two policies may be typical of the manner in which social movements will be treated in the 1980's. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Protection Legislation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Denver, CO, September 2-5, 1982).