Families and social policy

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Give one example of how the state may control family life.
restricting couples to one child (e.g. China); setting up infertility treatment centres, making divorce more difficult, lowering the legal age of marriage, making unmarried adults and childless couples pay extra income tax
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What is meant by 'perverse incentives' in relation to social policies?
Social policies that reward irresponsible or anti-social behaviour.
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Give two examples of new right policies introduced by governments.
banning the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities; setting up the Child Support Agency to enforce maintenance payments by absent parents; introducing Parenting Orders for parents of truants and young offenders.
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Name two new labour policies that did not reflect a new right view of the family.
longer maternity leave; Working Families Tax Credit; The New Deal; civil partnerships; giving unmarried couples the same adoption rights as married couples; outlawing discrimination on grounds of sexuality.
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Why do feminists argue that family policies may create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Policies are often based on assumptions about what the ‘normal’ family is like and in turn the effect of the policy is to reinforce that particular family type.
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Why do feminists favour an individualistic rather than a familistic gender regime?
Because individualistic gender regimes are based on the belief that husbands and wives should be treated as separate, equal individuals. Wives are not assumed to be financially dependent on their husbands,so each partner has a entitlement to benefits
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What is meant by neoliberal welfare policies?
Policies where individuals and families are encouraged to use the market rather than the state to meet their needs, e.g. private pension provision and private care of the old.
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What is meant by 'perverse incentives' in relation to social policies?

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