Investing in Children? Changes in Policies Concerning Children and Families in European Countries

  • Thomas Olk
Part of the Children¿s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 2)


Until recently children and families only played a marginal role in welfare politics. Prior to this shift within the political sphere, the main focus was placed upon protecting (male) workers against the risks associated with industrial work: old age, sickness, occupational accidents and unemployment. Women and children were protected indirectly by provision offered to the male breadwinner. Choices involving the structure of the family and the rearing of children were considered private matters. As a consequence, in the developed welfare states, the lion’s share of social spending was dedicated to pensions and health, while the share of the social budget that was spent on children and families only represented a marginal sum.


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  1. 1.Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg Institut für PädagogikHalle/SaaleGermany

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