Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe

Editors: Robila, Mihaela (Ed.)

  • Presents an in-depth overview of existing family policies in many countries around the world
  • Discusses the importance of developing and implementing evidenced-based family policies
  • Reviews the impact of socio-historic, political, and economic context on each country’s family policy making process
  • Offers examples of best practices and challenges
  • Provides recommendations for policy-makers
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About this book

Family policy holds a particular status in the quest for a more equitable world as it intersects the rights of women, children, and workers. But despite local and global efforts and initiatives, the state of family policy in different areas of the world varies widely.

Through a cross-section of countries on six continents, Family Policies Across the Globe offers the current state of the laws concerning family life, structure, and services, providing historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context. Lucidly written chapters analyze key aspects of family definition, marriage, child well-being, work/family balance, and family assistance, reviewing underlying social issues and controversies as they exist in each country. Details of challenges to implementation and methods of evaluating policy outcomes bring practical realities into sharp focus, and each chapter concludes with recommendations for improvement at the research, service, and governmental levels. The result is an important comparative look at how governments support families, and how societies perceive themselves as they evolve. Among the issues covered:

  • Sierra Leone: toward sustainable family policies.
  • Russia: folkways versus state-ways.
  • Japan: policy responses to a declining population.
  • Australia: reform, revolutions, and lingering effects.
  • Canada: a patchwork policy.
  • Colombia: a focus on policies for vulnerable families.

Researchers

, professors and graduate students in the fields of social policy, child and family studies, psychology, sociology, and social work will find in Family Policies Across the Globe a reference that will grow in importance as world events continue to develop.

About the authors

Mihaela Robila, Ph.D., CFLE, is Associate Professor of Family Studies at Queens College of the City University of New York. Her scholarship is focused on family policies, family relations, economic pressure and immigration. She wrote a book on “Eastern European Immigrant Families” (2010; Routledge), edited a book on “Families in Eastern Europe” (2004; Elsevier), and published 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She organized several symposiums and presented her work at over 60 national and international conferences. She was invited and participated to two United Nations Expert Group Meetings on Family Policy in 2009 and 2011. Her work has been supported by grants from Spencer Foundation, U.S. Department of State/American Councils for International Education, Fahs Beck Fund for Research, CUNY Research Foundation, and Jacobs Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and was awarded the Carolyn Attneave Diversity Award by the APA Division 43 – Society for Family Psychology.

Reviews

“The Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe is a collaborative effort of internationally renowned experts on family policies, practices, and research. … Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe can be used as a complementary resource for graduate social policy courses as well as a general guidebook for practitioners. … It is an exceptionally valuable field manual for social work in an international context.” (Shaynah Neshama Bannister, Global Social Welfare, August, 2015)


Table of contents (29 chapters)

  • Family Policies Across the Globe: Development, Implementation, and Assessment

    Robila, Mihaela

    Pages 3-11

  • Toward Sustainable Family Policies in Sierra Leone: Developments and Recommendations

    Akinsulure-Smith, Adeyinka M. (et al.)

    Pages 15-29

  • Public Policy and Families in Kenya

    Rombo, Dorothy O. (et al.)

    Pages 31-46

  • Child- and Family-Focused Policy in Botswana

    Leite, Randy

    Pages 47-57

  • Family Policy in South Africa

    Mokomane, Zitha

    Pages 59-73

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-6771-7
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $279.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-2225-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe
Editors
  • Mihaela Robila
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6771-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6771-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6770-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-2225-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 488
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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