Children in Court : Public Policymaking and Federal Court Decisions
This book examines the role of the federal courts in policymaking for children. Believing that the federal courts are uniquely situated to provide relief to the less powerful in society, Mezey assesses the judiciary's response to the demands for children's rights and benefits across a number of policy areas and a range of statutory and constitutional issues. Through analysis of Supreme Court and lower court opinions over the last several decades, she determines the extent to which federal court decisionmaking has affected the legal, political, economic, and social status of children in the United States.
- Paperback | 206 pages
- 148.3 x 226.8 x 13.2mm | 303.91g
- 01 Dec 1996
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
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This book examines the role of the federal courts in policymaking for children. Believing that the federal courts are uniquely situated to provide relief to the less powerful in society, Mezey assess the judiciary's response to the demands for children's rights and benefits across a number of policy areas and a range of statutory and constitutional issues.
"What I like most about this book is that I came away having learned a lot. I suspect there are many others who will come away with a much more complete understanding of both the political and legal dimensions of federal litigation involving the rights of minors. For those who teach courses in social policy and/or constitutional rights, this would make a nice text. This book succeeds as a sophisticated critique of how the federal courts, and especially the Supreme Court, have dealt with cases that deal with the rights of minors. It will spark a debate over the scope and application of the law as it should affect children and young adults." -- Gregg Ivers, American University "Children as a part of the political system have been largely ignored by political scientists despite the important empirical and normative questions surrounding their disenfranchisement from politics. Mezey's work addresses a significant and underdeveloped set of issues. The book also provides a thorough description of federal policy in a number of areas. While descriptions of some of the policy areas Mezey covers can be found elsewhere, it is difficult to find a coherent let alone concise explanation of federal child welfare policy and child support enforcement. In addition, Mezey provides a detailed account of the failure to expand children's programs through the courts." -- Cathy M. Johnson, Williams College
About Susan Gluck Mezey
Susan Gluck Mezey is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University, Chicago. Her other books include In Pursuit of Equality: Women, Public Policy, and the Federal Courts and No Longer Disabled: The Federal Courts and the Politics of Social Security Disability.