Family Policy Matters: Responding to Family Change in Europe

Family Policy Matters: Responding to Family Change in Europe

by Linda Hantrais


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Across Europe and beyond, changing family living arrangements have stimulated popular and academic debate about the impact of socio-demographic trends on family well-being and the challenges they present for governments. This path-breaking book explores the complex relationship between family change and public policy responses in EU member states and candidate countries. After comparing the major socio-economic changes of the late 20th century in Europe and their impact on family and working life, it analyses both the reactions of policy makers and users as they respond to change and the perceptions families have of public policy and its relative importance in their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861344717
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 04/21/2004
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 15.00(w) x 23.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Linda Hantrais, European Research Centre, Loughborough University

Table of Contents

The changing family-policy relationship
Population decline and ageing
Family diversification
The changing family-employment balance
Changing welfare needs
Legitimacy and acceptability of policy intervention in family life
Impacts of policy on family life
Responses to socio-economic change

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