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An original piece that deals with issues not usually discussed in the literature (children, gender and families in the Mediterranean nations)
Covers a wide variety of nations, some of which (Israel, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta) are seldomly discussed in the social policy literature
The notion that there are common trends in the Mediterranean welfare states is unique
Brings together leading scholars in the nations covered
Recent decades have seen a growing sophistication in the study of welfare states and social policy in general. This greater depth has come about as a result of more complex theorization; richer case study analysis; and the inclusion of additional sources of provision such as not-for-profit, market-based, informal and family welfare. The fields of study open to social scientists in this arena have also expanded to include issues such as globalization, gender, immigration and children, while benchmarking and performance monitoring within countries have afforded huge quantities of new data that allow for much more detailed cross-national comparative analysis.
There is intense interest in the social well-being and the legal and economic status of families, women and children in the welfare state, and this volume deals with the issues from a unique ‘welfare regime’ perspective. Casting aside the generally held assumption that national welfare regimes have common characteristics, this book makes the case that the Mediterranean states share a unique set of commonalities. In doing so, it offers a close comparative analysis of policies towards children, families and gender in these nations—Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Israel. Beginning with an overview of these countries’ welfare states and a discussion of the issues of children, families and gender in general terms, the volume then provides readers at both undergraduate and graduate level with detailed country-by-country comparative studies of these issues, authored by leading experts from the nations themselves.
Tentative Table of Contents
1. Mimi Ajzenstadt and John Gal: Introduction
Part I: Setting the Scene
2. John Gal: Exploring the Extended Family of Mediterranean Welfare States
3. Hadas Mandel: Gender and the Welfare State
4. Tomas Olk: Children, Childhood and the Welfare State
5. Jim McDonell: Children, Communities and Well-Being
Part II: Country Studies
5. Valeria Fargion: Children, Gender and Families in the Italian Welfare State
6. Celia Valiente: Children, Gender and Families in the Spanish Welfare State
7. Azer Kilic: Children, Gender and Families in the Turkish Welfare State
8. Theano Kallinkaki: Children, Gender and Families in the Greek Welfare State
9. Mimi Ajzenstadt: Children, Gender and Families in the Israeli Welfare State