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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rense Nieuwenhuis, Wim Van Lancker
      Pages 3-24 Open Access
  3. Supra-national

  4. National

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Hannah Zagel, Henning Lohmann
      Pages 119-139 Open Access
    3. Jana Javornik, Mara A. Yerkes
      Pages 141-167 Open Access
    4. Michel Vandenbroeck
      Pages 169-191 Open Access
    5. Willem Adema, Chris Clarke, Olivier Thévenon
      Pages 193-217 Open Access
    6. Fernando Filgueira, Cecilia Rossel
      Pages 219-247 Open Access
    7. Jennifer L. Hook, Meiying Li
      Pages 249-266 Open Access
    8. Laurie C. Maldonado, Rense Nieuwenhuis
      Pages 303-330 Open Access
    9. Pearl A. Dykstra, Maja Djundeva
      Pages 331-367 Open Access
    10. Alzbeta Bartova, Renske Keizer
      Pages 369-395 Open Access

About this book

Introduction

“This engaging collection gathers theoretical and empirical insights from leading family policy experts. The authors – representing diverse countries, disciplines, and methods – bring to life the volume’s innovative conceptual framework, which is organized around policy institutions, both public and private.  The volume closes with a call for new lines of research that should inform family policy scholars for years to come.” — Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, and Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
 
“Featuring exciting contributors from a range of often-siloed scholarly disciplines, countries and cultures, this Handbook offers nuanced insights into how interacting societal inequality factors influence family policy enactment to reinforce or improve inequality outcomes across gender, class, and nations. It is ambitious, broad-reaching, and succeeds in providing a strategic view within and across nations to inspire thoughtful evidence-based policy implications to improve societies in the future.” — Ellen Ernst Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Purdue University, USA​

This open access handbook provides a multilevel view on family policies, combining insights on family policy outcomes at different levels of policymaking: supra-national organizations, national states, sub-national or regional levels, and finally smaller organizations and employers. At each of these levels, a multidisciplinary group of expert scholars assess policies and their implementation, such as child income support, childcare services, parental leave, and leave to provide care to frail and elderly family members. The chapters evaluate their impact in improving children’s development and equal opportunities, promoting gender equality, regulating fertility, productivity and economic inequality, and take an intersectional perspective related to gender, class, and family diversity. The editors conclude by presenting a new research agenda based on five major challenges pertaining to the levels of policy implementation (in particular globalization and decentralization), austerity and marketization, inequality, changing family relations, and welfare states adapting to women’s empowered roles.

Keywords

Formal childcare Defamilization Paid parental leave Employment immigration marketisation fiscalisation globalisation Open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Rense Nieuwenhuis
    • 1
  • Wim Van Lancker
    • 2
  1. 1.Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Centre for Sociological ResearchUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

About the editors

Rense Nieuwenhuis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University, Sweden.
 
Wim Van Lancker is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at KU Leuven, Belgium.
  

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This multilevel and cross-nationally comparative perspective puts family policy at the organizational, community, national, and supranational levels into provocative context. With contributions from leading lights such as Mary Daly, Pearl Dykstra, Jennifer Hook, and Jane Jenson, this collection provides a landmark for the future of the field.” (Jason Beckfield, Harvard University, USA)

“This engaging collection gathers theoretical and empirical insights from leading family policy experts. The authors – representing diverse countries, disciplines, and methods – bring to life the volume’s innovative conceptual framework, which is organized around policy institutions, both public and private.  The volume closes with a call for new lines of research that should inform family policy scholars for years to come.” (Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, and Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA)

“Featuring exciting contributors from a range of often-siloed scholarly disciplines, countries and cultures, this Handbook offers nuanced insights into how interacting societal inequality factors influence family policy enactment to reinforce or improve inequality outcomes across gender, class, and nations. It is ambitious, broad-reaching, and succeeds in providing a strategic view within and across nations to inspire thoughtful evidence-based policy implications to improve societies in the future.” (Ellen Ernst Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management, Purdue University, USA)