Deborah R. McFarlane

University of New Mexico
Political Science

MSC 05 3070
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA
87131-001
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My research interests encompass public policy, health policy, and fiscal federalism. Substantive focus is global U.S. population and reproductive health policy.

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McFarlane, Deborah R. 2015. "The Affordable Care Act and Abortion: Comparing the U.S. and Western Europe." Politics and the Life Sciences.
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Deborah R. McFarlane, ed. 2015. "Global Population and Reproductive Health." Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Abstract: World population surpassed the seven billion mark in 2011, yet many women and couples still lack access to reproductive health services. These facts have profound implications for maternal and child health, environmental quality, and food security. This book provides an introduction to an important and timely public policy topic. This book is unique in that it explores the inextricable link between population and reproductive health – a connection that is often overlooked – as well as their impact on global and local environmental issues. Students will come away with a clear understanding of the relationships among all these issues, and the vital need for integrated policies and international cooperation.
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Citation:
McFarlane, Deborah R and Rongal Nikora. 2014. "Women’s Issues and American Health Care Policy (1960s- Present)." Guide to U.S. Health and Healthcare Policy. Thomas R Oliver, ed. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press/Sage Publications.
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McFarlane, Deborah R. 2014. “Population Growth.” Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies. Brent Steele, ed. CQ Press/Sage Books.
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McFarlane, Deborah R. 2014. “Reproductive Health Policies and Politics.” Health Politics and Policy, 5th Edition. Cengage-Delmar Publishers.
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Doan, Alesha E. and Deborah R. McFarlane. 2012. "Saying No to Abstinence-Only Education." Publius 42 (4):613-635.
Abstract: As a rule, American states try to maximize their share of federal funds. This study addresses an unusual case of states rejecting federal dollars. Here the spurned monies were block grants for abstinence-only education, intended to discourage adolescent sexual activity. These grants became available in 1998, but by 2009, twenty-five states had rejected them. Using a conceptual framework drawn from fiscal federalism and morality politics, we explore the dynamics of these state decisions through an event history analysis. The results suggest that states’ rejection of abstinence-only funds were largely driven by partisanship and ideology, rather than by fiscal maximization or state needs. We argue that this case is a bellwether for fiscal federalism in a polarized polity.
DOI: 10.1093/publius/pjr052

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
Health Policy PRIMARY
Social Policy SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY

Keywords

ABORTION SEX EDUCATION FAMILY PLANNING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH POLICY IMPLEMENTATION FEDERALISM BIRTH CONTROL POPULATION GROWTH ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION FOOD SECURITY