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Family Policy


Don’t expect stable families without a living wage

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 June 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: conservatives, family policy, just wage
There’s a conservative case for a just wage and a couple of marriage researchers have just made it.


Spain’s family culture collapses

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 May 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family policy, family research, Spain


Still recovering

Pavel A. Parfentiev | 26 March 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Communism, family policy, family values, Russia
70 years under Communism have damaged generations of Russian families.


Sustainable development - without the family?

Ignacio Socias | 28 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: family policy, International Year of the Family 2014, sustainable development
Will the 2014 UN Year of the Family bring recognition to the basic building block of society?


2014 - a special year for the family

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 November 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family policy, IFFD, International Year of the Family 2014


What is parenthood?

Peter Jon Mitchell | 15 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, family policy, parenting, same-sex parenting
In debates about the family, some social scientists are asserting the primacy of theory over facts. Is this science?


UN officer stresses importance of the family

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 November 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family policy, United Nations
In 2014 the UN marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. Listen to a UN officer with good things to say about the importance of the family.


The “bushfire” threatening Australia: fragile families

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 September 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, family breakdown, family policy
Australia is known as the Lucky Country but a report on child welfare published this week suggests that its luck is running out.


Summit declaration affirms natural family

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 July 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, family policy, Moscow Demographic Summit 2011
Participants from 65 countries at the Moscow demographic summit have reaffirmed the natural family as “the basic unit of society and the fundamental social value, that is a necessary prerequisite for the very existence of world civilizations and the whole humankind.”


Outsourcing parenting in Sweden

Jonas Himmelstrand | 13 May 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: childcare, family policy, Sweden
Is the Nordic country really a model for good family policy?


Economies rise and fall with the family

Dainius Kreivys | 19 November 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, family policy, Lithuania
Governments cannot afford to keep treating family values as an optional extra, says a government minister.


A climate-change moment for marriage

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: family policy, marriage
A report about families from Britain says forget about marriage; another report from the United States says save it. They can’t both be right.


UK reports says ‘don’t try to fix the family’

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 December 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family policy, marriage, parenting
Golly, it’s hard to keep up with the Brits and their reports on families and parenting. You would think that government and academics actually understood something about those subjects, but more often than not they add to the confusion.


Families: source of despotism or bulwark of liberty?

Richard Bastien | 17 November 2007 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, family policy
In all societies, strong families are the foundation of civil liberties and personal happiness.


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