"Gainsborough's book deserves to be a classic text because it sheds light on an under-studied area of social policy. It provides a detailed account of the political realities about how child welfare policies are formed and outlines strategies for ensuring greater accountability of these processes to vulnerable children and their families.
I recommend this work to anyone interested in the politics of social policy production and to anyone who wants to make a constructive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and their families." -- Karen Healy, Australian Review of Public Affairs
" Scandalous Politics calls attention to one of the most significant concerns in child welfare policymaking: the dysfunctionality of state child welfare agencies and the extent to which state officials, knowing that the public's attention is drawn to scandal, respond with corrective legislation and additional resources. Gainsborough does an excellent job of delving into child welfare scandals, focusing on the effect of the scandals on agency reform as government officials struggle to 'fix' the agency's myriad problems." -- Susan Gluck Mezey, Department of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago
"A fascinating account of how politicians, journalists, and interest groups respond to child welfare scandals. Thoughtful, probing, and illuminating." -- William T. Gormley, University Professor and Co-Director, Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS), Georgetown University
About the Author
Juliet F. Gainsborough is an associate professor of political science at Bentley University. She is author of Fenced Off: The Suburbanization of American Politics.