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Family policy: charting new waters

Jochen Clasen

in Reforming European Welfare States: Germany and the United Kingdom Compared

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199270712
eISBN:
9780191603266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270716.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

The chapter discusses three periods of policy change in the field of family policy. Concentrating on basic aspects of family support, such benefits and tax allowances for families, as well as pension ... More


A Finer Future?

Pat Thane and Tanya Evans

in Sinners? Scroungers? Saints?: Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199578504
eISBN:
9780191741838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578504.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The first thorough account of the work of the Finer Committee on One-Parent Families, set up by the Labour Government in 1969, reported in 1974. The most detailed study, then or since, of the past ... More


The Struggle Continues: 1980s–90s

Pat Thane and Tanya Evans

in Sinners? Scroungers? Saints?: Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth-Century England

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199578504
eISBN:
9780191741838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578504.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Continuing difficulties for unmarried mothers and their children despite improvements. Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Governments, cuts to welfare, pressure on mothers to work, but childcare hard ... More


From Dismantling by Default to Arena Shifting? Child Benefits Policy in Spain

Andrea Bianculli, Nicole Jenne, and Jacint Jordana

in Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies, and Effects

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199656646
eISBN:
9780191746000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656646.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

This chapter analyses the dismantling of child benefits in Spain between 1975 and 1990. In comparison to Portugal, which has maintained its benefit policy over many years, it identifies some of the ... More


Reducing child poverty in the European Union: the role of child benefits1

Herwig Immervoll, Holly Sutherland, and Klaas de Vos

in Child well-being, child poverty and child policy in modern nations (Revised 2nd Edition): What do we know?

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861342539
eISBN:
9781447301738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861342539.003.0017
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter examines the role of child benefits in protecting the children in Europe from financial poverty. It defines ‘child benefits’ as the regular cash payments that are made to parents or ... More


Utopia calling: eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond

Ruth Levitas

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, Concepts, Policy and Action

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781847424822
eISBN:
9781447307235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.003.0018
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter draws on the legacy of Eleanor Rathbone, an early twentieth-century British campaigner for family allowances, and her aspirations for a society without child poverty. It deploys ‘utopia ... More


Creating a City for Workers: Union Strategies on Child Care in New York City

Susanna F. Schaller, K. C. Wagner, and Mildred E. Warner

in Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501706547
eISBN:
9781501712692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501706547.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

This chapter addresses the duality of labor strategy in the child care sector with one case study of unions campaigning to expand their members' access to child care benefits, paired with a second ... More


Who Benefits from Investment Policies? The Case of Family Activation in European Countries

Wim Van Lancker and Joris Ghysels

in Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction: How Successful Are European Welfare States?

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199926589
eISBN:
9780199369720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926589.003.0007
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Family policy is a constituent part of the traditional social policy mix that has been subject to profound changes in terms of both scope and substance following the emergence of the social ... More


Dismantling by Default? The Indexation of Social Benefits in Four Countries

Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Flemming Juul Christiansen, Eva-Maria Euchner, Carsten Jensen, and John Turnpenny

in Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies, and Effects

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199656646
eISBN:
9780191746000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656646.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

This chapter focuses on the indexation of social benefits (i.e. adjustments in line with inflation or real wage development) in Denmark, Sweden, the UK, and Germany. It is argued that studying ... More


Fathers’ rights to family cash benefits in Nordic countries

Mia Hakovirta, Anita Haataja, Guðný Björk Eydal, and Tine Rostgaard

in Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states: Comparing care policies and practice

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781447310471
eISBN:
9781447310501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family

The aim of this chapter was to investigate fathers’ rights to family benefits in the Nordic region as well as the outcomes of the policies, and if the rights of fathers are in accordance with the ... More


Investment in social security: a possible United Nations model for child benefit?

Peter Townsend

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, Concepts, Policy and Action

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781847424822
eISBN:
9781447307235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.003.0022
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

The chapter discusses the pressing need for greater investment in social security schemes internationally and in particular for children. It sets out the consequences of poverty and deprivation for ... More


The case for universal child benefit

Anthony Atkinson B.

in Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice: A manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847427151
eISBN:
9781447302353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter takes up Peter's campaign for a universal child benefit, started over 40 years ago. It makes the case for its retention, against the trend policy on income-tested benefits increasingly ... More


How did we get to where we are now?1

Malcolm Torry

in Why we need a Citizen's Basic Income

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781447343158
eISBN:
9781447343202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447343158.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

This chapter discusses the past and current state of the debate on the Citizen's Basic Income. It begins with the Poor Law of 1601 to the era of means-tested benefits. In particular, it cites William ... More


Canada: Taking Children Off Welfare

Joshua T. McCabe

in The Fiscalization of Social Policy: How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190841300
eISBN:
9780190841331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190841300.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change, Population and Demography

Chapter 4 examines how Canadian policymakers’ renewed promise to tackle child poverty translated into the Child Tax Benefit, the nonrefundable Child Tax Credit, and the Working Income Tax Benefit. ... More


How Did We Get to Where We Are Now?27

Malcolm Torry

in Money for everyone: Why we need a citizen's income

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781447311249
eISBN:
9781447311287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter tells the history of the UK's benefits system from the Elizabethan Poor Law, through the Beveridge Report of 1942, to ‘Universal Credit’. Means-testing is a common thread throughout, and ... More


Canadian housing allowances

Marion Steele

in Housing allowances in comparative perspective

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861347541
eISBN:
9781447302506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861347541.003.0004
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

The design of Canadian housing allowances is closely linked to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's 30% affordability standard, and to the actual rent paid by recipients. Yet the absence of ... More


Small-town livelihoods

Anne White

in Polish families and migration since EU accession

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847428202
eISBN:
9781447303008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847428202.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter discusses how people make a living in contemporary Poland. It explores a range of livelihood strategies available to people without higher education. It considers others assets that can ... More


Why Do Some Reform Proposals Succeed, and Some Fail?

Malcolm Torry

in Money for everyone: Why we need a citizen's income

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781447311249
eISBN:
9781447311287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

Family Allowance and Child Benefit were implemented, but other proposals have not been. Failed attempts at reform include genuine tax credits proposals during the early 1970s, Juliet Rhys Williams’ ... More


The Recession and the Policy Response for Child Poverty in Japan

Aya K. Abe

in Children of Austerity: Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780198797968
eISBN:
9780191839276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198797968.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare, International

The purpose of this chapter is to describe how the economic crisis affected children and how the government of Japan responded to mitigate the impact on children. The economic crisis worsened child ... More


Imagine …

Malcolm Torry

in Why we need a Citizen's Basic Income

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781447343158
eISBN:
9781447343202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447343158.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

This chapter asks the reader to imagine some representative people trying to cope with the UK's tax and benefits system, and then to imagine themselves creating a tax and benefits system in a country ... More


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