Two-Tiered Romanian Family Policy and Inequality

  • Borbála Kovács


By building on the argument that family policies are perhaps the most influential social policy instruments for the organisation of young children’s routine care, this chapter reviews the range of policy instruments geared towards families with young children in place between 2006 and 2015 in the Romanian context. Following a brief discussion of family policy change over the last five decades, the first section provides a concise demographic overview of Romanian families with young children. The chapter then moves on to critically present family policy provisions for families with children under age three, specifically cash benefits, paid leave provisions and early childhood education and care services, commenting on the direction of policy changes during the period studied. This is followed by a similarly structured discussion of provisions for families with children of preschool age. The chapter concludes that the assemblage of family policy instruments in Romania is marred by a host of institutional and structural inconsistencies and gaps, leading to selective social rights, patchy coverage and, consequently, multiple inequalities of access.


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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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