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1989

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Evaluating Child Care Legislation: Program Structures And Political Consequences, Lance Liebman Jan 1989

Evaluating Child Care Legislation: Program Structures And Political Consequences, Lance Liebman

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The American political system is not good at choosing among worthy goals and then adopting programs well designed to achieve the desired purposes. Scholars and activists continue to debate the success and failure of the last quarter century of efforts to reduce inequality and achieve other social reforms.1 But we have no well developed methodology for evaluating proposed programs and attempting to predict their likely consequences.

This Article asks what we know about choosing legal structures for programmatic efforts that seek social change. In particular, it asks whether we can predict relationships between different ways of pursuing public ends ...