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  • CONSERVATIVE POLICIES (1979-97)
    • LIMITED STATE INTERVENTION
      • viewed family as a private institution & thought state intervention should be limited
    • REDUCED WELFARE STATE & INTRODUCED MEANS TESTING
      • people earning less get more benefits
      • may reduce migration - people may not want to be tested
      • may decrease fertility rate
    • FOCUSED ON SUPPORTING NUCLEAR FAMILY
      • functionalist & new right agree
    • FAMILY LAW ACT 1996
      • introduced a 1 year cooling off period before a couple could get a divorce - feminists disagree
      • could lead to empty shell marriages
      • functionalists & new right agree
    • CHILD BENEFITS GIVEN TO MOTHER
      • feminists - enforces a patriarchal society
    • PREFERENTIAL TAX ALLOWENCES
      • encouraged a division of labour
    • MARITAL      R A P E MADE ILLEGAL
      • decline in birth rate
    • CHILD SUPPORT ACT 1991
      • development of child support agency - father gives financial support to mother & child - functionalists agree - promotes nuclear family

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