Children, families and welfare state restructuring

Harriet Churchill

in Parental rights and responsibilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847420916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302896 | DOI:
Children, families and welfare state restructuring

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This chapter examines the ‘politics of parental rights and responsibilities’. Social policies are ‘rarely rational comprehensive’ responses to social needs and problems. Rather, they promote social and political values about the respective social roles and responsibilities of parents, families, young people and the state. The chapter draws on typologies of policy regimes and debates about the internationalisation of social and family policy. Social democratic welfare states remain bound by the imperatives of economic growth and performance, and maintaining social order. The social economic agenda relied on the logic of economic growth and full male employment.

Keywords: responsibilities; social policies; parental rights; social values; political values; parents; policy regimes; social order

Chapter.  11412 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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