Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.

Family Policies

Family policies


Family policies refer usually to government statements, goals and courses of action concerning the provision of welfare and distribution of goods that affect family lives, family resources and family forms, but can also be implicated in a very wide range of policy areas.


The relationship between family life and the social policies drawn up by government (whether at the level of a single nation state or the level of unions or federations of states) is a complex and contested one, encompassing debates about causal relationships and the appropriate extent of state intervention. For some commentators it is social policies that drive developments in family life and shape family members' attitudes. This relationship is often discussed in negative ways, with arguments that family life ...

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