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The Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Uses a multilevel structure to combine insights on family outcomes

  • Examines supra-national organisations such as the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank (WB), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations (UN)

  • Brings together representatives from various academic communities to form a coherent, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge collection

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: A Multilevel Perspective on Family Policy

      • Rense Nieuwenhuis, Wim Van Lancker
      Pages 3-24Open Access
  3. National

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 117-117
    2. Conceptual Approaches in Comparative Family Policy Research

      • Hannah Zagel, Henning Lohmann
      Pages 119-139Open Access
    3. Conceptualizing National Family Policies: A Capabilities Approach

      • Jana Javornik, Mara A. Yerkes
      Pages 141-167Open Access
    4. Early Childhood Care and Education Policies that Make a Difference

      • Michel Vandenbroeck
      Pages 169-191Open Access
    5. Family Policies and Family Outcomes in OECD Countries

      • Willem Adema, Chris Clarke, Olivier Thévenon
      Pages 193-217Open Access
    6. Family Policies Across the Globe

      • Fernando Filgueira, Cecilia Rossel
      Pages 219-247Open Access
    7. Gendered Tradeoffs

      • Jennifer L. Hook, Meiying Li
      Pages 249-266Open Access
    8. Dual-Earner Family Policies at Work for Single-Parent Families

      • Laurie C. Maldonado, Rense Nieuwenhuis
      Pages 303-330Open Access
    9. Policies for Later-Life Families in a Comparative European Perspective

      • Pearl A. Dykstra, Maja Djundeva
      Pages 331-367Open Access

About this book

“This engaging collection gathers theoretical and empirical insights from leading family policy experts. The authors – representing diverse countries, disciplines, and methods – bring to life the volume’s innovative conceptual framework, which is organized around policy institutions, both public and private.  The volume closes with a call for new lines of research that should inform family policy scholars for years to come.” — Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, and Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
 
“Featuring exciting contributors from a range of often-siloed scholarly disciplines, countries and cultures, this Handbook offers nuanced insights into how interacting societal inequality factors influence family policy enactment to reinforce or improve inequality outcomes across gender, class, and nations. It is ambitious, broad-reaching, and succeeds in providing a strategic view within and across nations to inspire thoughtful evidence-based policy implications to improve societies in the future.” — Ellen Ernst Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Purdue University, USA​

This open access handbook provides a multilevel view on family policies, combining insights on family policy outcomes at different levels of policymaking: supra-national organizations, national states, sub-national or regional levels, and finally smaller organizations and employers. At each of these levels, a multidisciplinary group of expert scholars assess policies and their implementation, such as child income support, childcare services, parental leave, and leave to provide care to frail and elderly family members. The chapters evaluate their impact in improving children’s development and equal opportunities, promoting gender equality, regulating fertility, productivity and economic inequality, and take an intersectional perspective related to gender, class, and family diversity. The editors conclude by presenting a new research agenda based on five major challenges pertaining to the levels of policy implementation (in particular globalization and decentralization), austerity and marketization, inequality, changing family relations, and welfare states adapting to women’s empowered roles.

Keywords

  • Formal childcare
  • Defamilization
  • Paid parental leave
  • Employment
  • immigration
  • marketisation
  • fiscalisation
  • globalisation
  • Open access

Reviews

“This multilevel and cross-nationally comparative perspective puts family policy at the organizational, community, national, and supranational levels into provocative context. With contributions from leading lights such as Mary Daly, Pearl Dykstra, Jennifer Hook, and Jane Jenson, this collection provides a landmark for the future of the field.” (Jason Beckfield, Harvard University, USA)

“This engaging collection gathers theoretical and empirical insights from leading family policy experts. The authors – representing diverse countries, disciplines, and methods – bring to life the volume’s innovative conceptual framework, which is organized around policy institutions, both public and private.  The volume closes with a call for new lines of research that should inform family policy scholars for years to come.” (Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, and Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA)

“Featuring exciting contributors from a range of often-siloed scholarly disciplines, countries and cultures, this Handbook offers nuanced insights into how interacting societal inequality factors influence family policy enactment to reinforce or improve inequality outcomes across gender, class, and nations. It is ambitious, broad-reaching, and succeeds in providing a strategic view within and across nations to inspire thoughtful evidence-based policy implications to improve societies in the future.” (Ellen Ernst Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Purdue University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

    Rense Nieuwenhuis

  • Centre for Sociological Research, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

    Wim Van Lancker

About the editors

Rense Nieuwenhuis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University, Sweden.
 
Wim Van Lancker is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at KU Leuven, Belgium.
  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy

  • Editors: Rense Nieuwenhuis, Wim Van Lancker

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54618-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-54617-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-54620-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-54618-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: DCCXXI, 20

  • Number of Illustrations: 25 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Children, Youth and Family Policy, Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, Sociology of Work

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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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