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Policy makers across the world are confronting issues relating to lone parents and employment, with many governments seeking to increase the participation of lone parents in the labour market. This book is based on an up-to-date analysis of provisions within particular countries, examining whether and how policies support and encourage employment, and drawing out policy lessons. The countries examined are the UK, USA, Australia, France, the Netherlands and Norway. Unlike other studies which have considered this issue, this book includes both country-specific chapters and makes thematic comparisons across countries. Chapters are written by leading experts on lone parenthood in each country. Lone parents, employment and social policy is essential reading for students in social policy, sociology, human geography, gender and women's studies, as well as policy makers and practitioners in the field of lone parents and employment. It will be of interest to those who want to know more about these policy developments but also to those interested in broader issues about gender and welfare states.
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... contains a wealth of information as well as interesting insights. Journal of Social Policy
This book offers valuable analyses and broader issues of policy changes that have recently taken place in the studied countries. International Journal of Social Welfare
Lone parents, employment and social policy will make a significant contribution to this area of policy, as well as to the field of comparative social policy. Sue Morris, School of Public Administration and Law, Robert Gordon University, Scotland
... valuable reading for both policy makers and students in fields such as policy studies, sociology and women's studies. Family Matters
This book stands as a model not only for the substantive analysis of policies that affect lone parents, but as an example of the way in which the best international social policy research should be conducted. Nick Manning, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
Jane Millar is a Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath, UK. She is one of the leading academics in this field and has written extensively on the subject of lone parenthood, poverty and gender. Karen Rowlingson is a Lecturer in Social Research at the University of Bath, UK and has published books on lone parenthood, social security policy in Britain, and family poverty.
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