Across Europe and beyond, changing family living arrangements have stimulated popular and academic debate about the impact of socio-demographic trends on family well-being and the challenges they present for governments. This path-breaking book explores the complex relationship between family change and public policy responses in EU member states and candidate countries.
After comparing the major socio-economic changes of the late 20th century in Europe and their impact on family and working life, it analyses both the reactions of policy makers and users as they respond to change and the perceptions families have of public policy and its relative importance in their lives.
Linda Hantrais is Professor of European Social Policy and Director of the European Research Centre at Loughborough University.
The changing family-policy relationship; Population decline and ageing; Family diversification; The changing family-employment balance; Changing welfare needs; Legitimacy and acceptability of policy intervention in family life; Impacts of policy on family life; Responses to socio-economic change