Families versus State and Market

Mary Daly

in The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579396
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Families versus State and Market

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This article reviews the main features of family policy as it has developed over time and the insights of scholarship. The interrelations between family, state, and market are specifically explained. Following this, the article moves on to consider the main contours of current reform, especially in light of the model of family policy being promoted by the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). While there are divergences between the policy approaches of the two organizations and even within them, broad parameters unite them. The explanatory factors and the utility of the main approaches to understanding family policy are discussed. Societies approach the relationship between family, state, and market in rather different ways as the six countries studied demonstrate. There are a number of impulses for reform, drawing from a mix of economic, political, and social concerns.

Keywords: family policy; state; market; European Union; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; reform

Article.  6334 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Political Theory

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