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The Family in the Mediterranean Welfare States

ISBN 9781138990937
Published January 20, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

This work analyses in a historical and comparative perspective the relationship between the family and the welfare state in two Mediterranean countries: Italy and Spain. Two aims form the focus of the book. Firstly, to open the black box of the family in welfare state analysis, introducing a focus on inter-generational and kin relations. Secondly, to explain why the southern welfare states have offered very low support to families with children by taking into account several factors: the legacy of fascism, the role of the Church, and the specific role played by leftist parties in defining family policy as labour policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part 1 Analysing Families and the Welfare State; Chapter 1 Welfare State and Family Models; Chapter 2 State Policies Towards the Family; Part 2 Origins of State Policies Towards the Family in the Authoritarian Period; introduction1 Introduction; Chapter 3 The Italian Case; Chapter 4 The Spanish Case; Part 3 The Democratic Period; introduction2 Introduction; Chapter 5 The Political and Legal Context; Chapter 6 Family Changes and Family Solidarity; Chapter 7 Social Policy and Social Services for the Family; Chapter 8 The Cost of Children in Policy-Making Processes; Chapter 9 Conclusion;

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Manuela Naldini


'I would recommend this book for academics who want to study, in a seriously contextual and interdisciplinary manner, the function and status of the family in the modern state.'

Thomas M. Kelly, Omaha, Intams Review