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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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Family policy: the Mods and Rockers

Family policy: the Mods and Rockers

Chapter:
(p.243) Eleven Family policy: the Mods and Rockers
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The Coalition Government and Social Policy
Author(s):

Rosalind Edwards

Val Gillies

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.003.0011

This chapter examines Mod (a ‘modernising’ and investment agenda for change) and Rocker (seeking to conserve established doctrines) approaches to coalition family policy. It argues that Mod and Rocker tensions and alliances can be demonstrated in the socially liberal opening up and moral universalisation of marriage, and the economically liberal and morally categorical dividing off particular sorts of families as in need of targeted early or turn-around intervention to turn them into responsible worker-citizens. It explores the government’s division of ‘hard-working families’, and ‘shirker and scrounger families of Broken Britain’ through considerations of the treatment of marriage and stability in and for families and two key forms of social investment in families (early intervention and interventions to turn around dysfunctional families).

Keywords:   coalition government, social policy, family policy

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