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Parental rights and responsibilitiesAnalysing social policy and lived experiences$
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Harriet Churchill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.001.0001

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Children, families and welfare state restructuring

Children, families and welfare state restructuring

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(p.61) Four Children, families and welfare state restructuring
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Parental rights and responsibilities
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Harriet Churchill

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.003.0004

This chapter examines the ‘politics of parental rights and responsibilities’. Social policies are ‘rarely rational comprehensive’ responses to social needs and problems. Rather, they promote social and political values about the respective social roles and responsibilities of parents, families, young people and the state. The chapter draws on typologies of policy regimes and debates about the internationalisation of social and family policy. Social democratic welfare states remain bound by the imperatives of economic growth and performance, and maintaining social order. The social economic agenda relied on the logic of economic growth and full male employment.

Keywords:   responsibilities, social policies, parental rights, social values, political values, parents, policy regimes, social order

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