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National Family Policy Development in Panama and the US


Frances T. Griffith

University of Arkansas
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The purpose of this study was to determine which factors account for the variation of national family policies within two countries in this hemisphere, Panama and the United States. The United States was selected for two major reasons. It is in the process of national welfare repeal with concomitant empowerment of state and local governments to carry out family assistance programs. In addition, many nations, especially in the Americas, are affected by U.S. policy shifts. Panama’s ties with the U.S. have been extremely close, beginning with the U.S. military involvement in the secession of Panama from Colombia in 1903 (Conniff, 1992). Panama was selected for many reasons: it is actively in the process of implementing its first national family law; it is the geo-political center of the Americas; it is the “partner” country of Delaware in the Partners of the Americas organization; it is a culturally diverse country much like the United States and it is closely linked to the United States, politically and economically.

How to Cite: Griffith, F.T., (2007). National Family Policy Development in Panama and the US. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 13(1), pp.129–158. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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