Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe

  • Mihaela Robila

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

  3. Family Policies in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, Hawthorne E. Smith
      Pages 15-29
    3. Dorothy O. Rombo, Stephan M. Wilson, Lauren M. Oseland
      Pages 31-46
    4. Zitha Mokomane
      Pages 59-73
  4. Family Policies in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Mette L. Baran, Evan E. Diehnelt, Janice E. Jones
      Pages 77-90
    3. Michael B. Wells, Disa Bergnehr
      Pages 91-107
    4. Guðný Björk Eydal, Ingólfur V. Gíslason
      Pages 109-124
    5. Tony Fahey, Elizabeth Nixon
      Pages 125-136
    6. Eileen Trzcinski, Jessica K. Camp
      Pages 137-153
    7. Antía Pérez-Caramés
      Pages 175-194
    8. Maria das Dores Guerreiro
      Pages 195-210
    9. Valentina Bodrug-Lungu, Mihaela Robila
      Pages 211-222
    10. Zhanna Kravchenko, Irina Grigoryeva
      Pages 223-237
    11. Aslı Çarkoğlu, Nilüfer Kafescioğlu
      Pages 239-254
  5. Family Policies in Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Yan Ruth Xia, Haiping Wang, Anh Do, Shen Qin
      Pages 257-272
    3. J. P. Singh
      Pages 289-304
    4. Meejung Chin, Jaerim Lee, Soyoung Lee, Seohee Son, Miai Sung
      Pages 305-318
  6. Family Policies in Australia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
  7. Family Policies in North America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Hilary A. Rose, Áine M. Humble
      Pages 357-372
    3. Jacki Fitzpatrick, Erin Kostina-Ritchey
      Pages 373-387
    4. Cristina Gomes
      Pages 389-403
  8. Family Policies in South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. Sonia Carrillo, Karen Ripoll-Núñez
      Pages 425-444
    3. Bila Sorj, Andréa Gama
      Pages 459-471
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 473-488

About this book


Family policy holds a particular status in the quest for a more equitable world as it intersects the rights of women, children, and workers. But despite local and global efforts and initiatives, the state of family policy in different areas of the world varies widely.

Through a cross-section of countries on six continents, Family Policies Across the Globe offers the current state of the laws concerning family life, structure, and services, providing historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context. Lucidly written chapters analyze key aspects of family definition, marriage, child well-being, work/family balance, and family assistance, reviewing underlying social issues and controversies as they exist in each country. Details of challenges to implementation and methods of evaluating policy outcomes bring practical realities into sharp focus, and each chapter concludes with recommendations for improvement at the research, service, and governmental levels. The result is an important comparative look at how governments support families, and how societies perceive themselves as they evolve. Among the issues covered:

  • Sierra Leone: toward sustainable family policies.
  • Russia: folkways versus state-ways.
  • Japan: policy responses to a declining population.
  • Australia: reform, revolutions, and lingering effects.
  • Canada: a patchwork policy.
  • Colombia: a focus on policies for vulnerable families.


, professors and graduate students in the fields of social policy, child and family studies, psychology, sociology, and social work will find in Family Policies Across the Globe a reference that will grow in importance as world events continue to develop.


Child and Family-focused Policy Divorce Law Domestic Violence Prevention Act Domestic violence laws Evidence-based Family Policy Families and Immigration Families and Poverty Families in Africa Family Policies from a Global Perspective Family Policy in Australia Family Policy in Europe Family Policy in South America Family Well-being Family policy development Family policy implementation Family-friendly Work Practices International Family Policy One-Child Policy Welfare System Work-life Balance

Editors and affiliations

  • Mihaela Robila
    • 1
  1. 1.Family Studies, City University of New YQueens CollegeFlushingUSA

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