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Abstract

Portrays the plight of public policies that are subject to conflicting goals — on the national, state, and international levels. The policies pertain to welfare reform in the United States, air quality in California, and information technology around the world. Other stories discuss the battle for Arabic television and radio audiences, the unequal treatment given to mothers of “crack babies” versus mothers of “fertility drug babies,” and the uncertain benefits of after-school care.

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