Types of Political Economy, Party Ideology, and Family Policy


in Rich Democracies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928336 | DOI:
Types of Political Economy, Party Ideology, and Family Policy

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This chapter examines the contrasting responses of the government of rich countries to the problems concerning family policy. It shows that national differences in family policy and the politics of the family can be explained by types of political economy and the power and ideology of mass-based political parties. It suggests that the story of changes in family structures, functions, and lifestyles, as well as government responses to those changes, is the story of divergent paths of development to a convergent outcome and explains that convergence is driven by the demographic and organizational accompaniments of continuing industrialization.

Keywords: family policy; rich countries; political economy; political parties; ideology; convergence; family structures; lifestyles; continuing industrialization

Chapter.  14897 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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