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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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Abstract

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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Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/337/

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