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Work/family balance policies in the UK since 1997: a new departure?

Lewis, Jane and Campbell, Mary (2007) Work/family balance policies in the UK since 1997: a new departure? Journal of Social Policy, 36 (3). pp. 365-381. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279407001067


Three successive Labour governments have developed a range of work/family balance (WFB) policies, including child care services, leaves and flexible working hours, which have also become an increasingly coherent package. Drawing on Hall (1993), we explore the extent to which these represent a significant change at three levels: that of ideas (the goals of policy), mechanisms (the nature of the policy instruments), and settings (the fine-tuning of policy instruments). We examine how far the ideas driving the policy developments have been about the welfare of the family and its members, and the nature of the balance of continuity and change in policy instruments and settings, making some suggestions as to how this might be explained.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2007 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2009 15:43
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 07:21

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