Lone parents, employment and social policy

Cross-national comparisons

Edited by Jane Milar and Karen Rowlingson

Lone parents, employment and social policy

Edited by Jane Milar and Karen Rowlingson

Distributed for Bristol University Press

320 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9781861343208 Published November 2001 For sale in North and South America only
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.

Foreword: Lone parents: the UK policy context - Ruth Lister
Comparing employment policies for lone parents cross-nationally: an introduction - Jane Millar and Karen Rowlingson

Part One: Policies within specific countries
Helping British lone parents get and keep paid work - Alan Marsh
Welfare reform and lone mothers' employment in the US - Jane Waldfogel, Sandra K. Danziger, Sheldon Danziger and Kristin S. Seefeldt
Lone parents and employment in Australia - Peter Whiteford
Lone parents and employment in Norway - Anne Skevik
Does it work? Employment policies for lone parents in the Netherlands - Trudie Knijn and Frits van Wel
Lone parents, employment and social policy in France: lessons from a family friendly policy - Christine Chambaz and Claude Martin

Part Two: Cross-cutting themes
Orientations to work and the issue of care - Jane Lewis
The social, economic and demographic profile of lone parents - Karen Rowlingson
Work-related activity requirements and labour market programmes for lone parents - Jane Millar
Making work pay policies for lone parents - Majella Kilkey and Jonathan Bradshaw
Lone mothers, employment and childcare - Hilary Land
Conclusions: Supporting employment: emerging policy and practice - Karen Rowlingson and Jane Millar 

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