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Family and social policy in Portugal

S Portugal

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 13, issue 3, pages 235-246
Published in print December 1999 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 1999 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Family and social policy in Portugal

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Portugal may be seen as an example of the 'social model of the South', characterized by a fragmented and corporatist benefit system, a universalist National Health System, a low degree of state welfare penetration and the persistence of clientelism in access to welfare. The absence of an explicit family policy is noted and the implications of this social model for the aggregate impact of policies on families is explored. The reliance on family support is shown to accentuate existing inequalities and to be highly vulnerable to current social and demographic changes, particularly in women's labour market participation. This will be a future challenge for State and society.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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