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Responses to socio-economic change

Linda Hantrais

in Family policy matters

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344717
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344717.003.0008
Responses to socio-economic change

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The chapters in this book encompass combined analysis of definitions, concepts, and measurements of socio-economic change at EU and national level, including an analysis of the policy responses of governments and their impacts on families, as experienced by individuals in their everyday lives. Analysis of the policy process includes the long-standing EU member states, as well as the candidate countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. The materials show that most EU member states do not have an explicit and coherent family policy. Although consensus may not have been achieved at EU level for a European family model or a European family policy, member states can, nonetheless, usefully look to one another for solutions to some of the common problems they are facing as a result of socio-economic change, with the Union providing a stimulus for policy reform. This chapter examines the extent to which policy learning may be effective and feed into the development of family policy across the Union. It explores the potential for lesson learning and policy diffusion based on the comparative performance of governments, as they respond to changing family structures, within the framework of an enlarging Europe premised on a consensual approach to public policy.

Keywords: socio-economic change; EU; family; public policy; government

Chapter.  10421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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