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Author Patterson, Sally.
Title How does Congress approach population and family planning issues? : results of qualitative interviews with legislative directors / Sally Patterson, David M. Adamson.
Imprint Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1999.

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Author Patterson, Sally.
Subject United States. Congress.
Birth control -- Government policy -- Research -- United States.
Birth control -- Developing countries.
Population assistance, American -- Developing countries.
Legislators -- United States -- Attitudes.
Alt Name Adamson, David M.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 36 pages)
Note "Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Population Fund."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-36).
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Summary Congressional opinions on issues related to population are highly polarized. Approximately 90 percent of Congress consistently votes either uniformly to support or uniformly to oppose population-related legislation--so the remaining 10 percent is likely to determine the fate of such initiatives. To determine how this critical group makes its decisions, researchers interviewed a sample of legislative directors (chosen as proxies, to allow in-depth interviews). Most respondents felt that the United States should continue to play a leading role internationally, but several also stressed that their members of Congress favor increased emphasis on multilateral approaches. A majority felt that world population growth is a problem but is not urgent. Nearly unanimous support was expressed for U.S. support of voluntary family planning when it is understood to exclude abortion. Congress would benefit from research-based, factual information on a variety of international population issues.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 0585220611 (electronic bk.)
9780585220611 (electronic bk.)
0833027042 (pbk.)
OCLC # 44964298
Additional Format Print version: Patterson, Sally. How does Congress approach population and family planning issues?. Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1999 0833027042 (DLC) 99184128 (OCoLC)40939070
Table of Contents
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Approach5
Ch. 3Findings11
  The Role of the United States in Global Affairs11
   The United States as World Leader11
   The Role of Aid in U.S. Foreign Policy12
   Acceptance of Global Partnerships13
  Congressional Views on Specific Population Topics13
   The U.S. Role in Providing International Development Assistance13
   World Population Growth and International Immigration14
   Connections Between World Population Growth and U.S. Political Interests14
   The Concept of "Unmet Need for Contraception"15
   The Macrodemographic Issue: Population Momentum15
   The U.S. Role in Providing International Family Planning Assistance16
  Population Growth and Family Planning Programs16
   World Population Growth Not a Compelling Problem16
   Interest in International Population Programs17
   U.S. Role in Addressing World Population Growth18
   Support for Voluntary Family Planning Programs18
   Awareness of Constituent Opinion19
   Abortion as a Factor in Tempering Support20
   Family Planning Assistance for Americans21
  Attitude Formation and Information Sources22
   Sources of Influence and Information22
   Desired Types of Information and Modes of Presentation24
Ch. 4Conclusions: Implications for Congressional Information Needs27
 Appendix: Questions Asked in Qualitative Interviews with Legislative Directors29

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