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Work, family and public policy dynamics in France


To understand the relationships between changes to the family and changes to the sphere of work and employment, and how they have developed over time, requires considering a third factor, i.e. public policies, and in particular family policies. In this article, we attempt to clarify theoretically these interactions by taking into account the changes that have taken place in France since World War II. To appraise the French configuration in a special issue on Southern Europe, we begin by explaining why we consider France is following a ‘Southern path’. In a second section, we argue that family transformations are mainly the result of changes that affect work and employment. A similar process combining individualisation, flexibility and precariousness is affecting both spheres of existence. In a last section, we prose a matrix of ideas, ideologies and outcomes to understand the main family policy reforms since World War II.
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halshs-01609432 , version 1 (03-10-2017)



Claude Martin. Work, family and public policy dynamics in France. International Review of Sociology, 2017, pp.1-15. ⟨10.1080/03906701.2017.1377410⟩. ⟨halshs-01609432⟩
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