1. Recent trends and future family policy models in an enlarged Europe
Conveners: Dorottya Szikra, Tomasz Inglot
Polakowski Michal (University of Maastricht, NL), Dorota Szelewa (European University Institute
Convergence Postponed. Childcare policy in 25 countries of the EU: fuzzy-set ideal-types analysis 1990-2008
Nygår Mikael (Abo Akademi University, FI) Nicole Krüger (Technische Universität Darmstadt, DE)
Different regimes, converging trajectories? Constructions of poverty policy target groups and policy instruments in Finland and Germany
Romano Serena (University of Naples "Federico II", IT), Lumino Rosaria (University of Naples "Federico II", IT)
Striving for minimum social standards: Family benefits and indirect income support in Italy, Greece and Hungary
Rat Cristina (Babeş-Bolyai University, RO)
Disciplining mothers: Fertility threats and family policies in Romania
Hakovirta Mia (Turku University, FI)
Family Policy and Shared Parenting - How family policy supports shared parenthood when parents are not living together?
Aiudkaite Jolanta, Mare Ainsaar (Institute for Social Research, LT), Ainsaar Mare (Tartu University, EE)
Trends in family policy in Estonia and Lithuania
This stream invites papers on family policies, understood in a broad sense as including cash payments for families with children and family services. In the recent two decades, some nations, including post-communist countries that previously supported ”de-familializing” services for families, moved in the direction of ”familializing” policies that favour new forms of care provision within the family. Some scholars and experts have recognized these tendencies as ”re-traditionalisation”. At the same time, more conservative and ”familialist” system of family protection, such as Germany, have begun to move in the direction of ”de-familialization” recently. However, a new pattern of policy allowing choice between caring for children and other dependants at home or obtaining institutional care has been emerging in the Scandinavian countries and elsewhere.
What are the newest trends of family policies in the old and new EU-member states? Are some non-member states also moving in the direction of more flexible work-family policies? Is there any pattern of convergence across Europe? What is the future for family policies in the current environment of the world economic crisis? How do changing family policies effect poor families, immigrant families and families belonging to ethnic minorities? The stream convenors would like to invite contributions from different theoretical perspectives and those using a variety of empirical data from across Europe and across different types of policies directed toward families and children.
Comparative contemporary and historical accounts on changing family policies in Europe are especially welcome.
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