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Business versus families : whose side is New Labour on?

Dean, Hartley (2002) Business versus families : whose side is New Labour on? Social Policy and Society, 1 (1). pp. 3-10. ISSN 1475-3073

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746402001021


In its proposals for achieving a better `work-life balance' for Britain's working families, the New Labour government is also seeking to balance the interests of business against the needs of families. This article argues that the economic policy `trilemma' resulting from economic globalisation is mirrored in a parallel family policy trilemma, with particular consequences for the poorest families. Drawing upon this argument and, partly, upon illustrative evidence from a small-scale qualitative study of low-income working families, it is suggested that promoting family friendly employment alongside a policy of welfare-to-work cannot reasonably be achieved without significant additional regulation of low-paying employers.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:04

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