Title page for ETD etd-05022009-040652

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lindquist, Kirsten M.
URN etd-05022009-040652
Title Child care's journey to the decision agenda :a case study
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hult, Karen M. Committee Chair
Milly, Deborah J. Committee Member
White, Stephen K. Committee Member
  • Day care centers
Date of Defense 1994-05-05
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The United States did not have a federal policy on child care until 1990 when portions of two bills (H.R.3 and S.7) were incorporated in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. The lack of a policy was not due to neglect; child care advocates made several attempts during the 1970s to pass legislation. In an effort to understand why child care succeeded in 1990, this thesis examines how child care got on the decision agenda, the "short list" of the government agenda. Using John Kingdon's framework (1984) I analyze the process by which child care legislation was able to make the successful transition from the committee forum to the floors of Congress for a vote, and thus becoming a part of the decision agenda.

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