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Family Policy Indicators and Well-Being in Europe from an Evolutionary Perspective


  • Almudena Moreno-Mínguez

    () (University of Valladolid)

  • Luis-Carlos Martínez-Fernández

    () (University of Valladolid)

  • Ángel Carrasco-Campos

    () (University of Valladolid)


Abstract Social progress and the evolution of civilizations have traditionally been predominant fields of study for sociology and important topics on political action for modern states as part of the concept of the Welfare State. The study, assessment, and design of social policies related to welfare have always focused on material indicators. However, some recent studies (Pfau-Effinger and Geissler 2005; Gauthier 1996; Held 2006; Daly and Lewis 2000) argue for the inclusion of subjective indicators to cater for aspects traditionally relegated to families’ private lives such as care or the perception of happiness. This article deals with the need to go beyond welfare to well-being from an evolutionary perspective. To do this, we propose a comparative study of different variables used by the European Social Survey (2010) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) family policy database (2013b) to analyze (a) possible variations in family policy in European countries, (b) links between well-being and the family policies being implemented, (c) the extent to which traditional indicators can measure the development of families’ needs, and (d) ways in which these indicators could be improved.

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  • Almudena Moreno-Mínguez & Luis-Carlos Martínez-Fernández & Ángel Carrasco-Campos, 2016. "Family Policy Indicators and Well-Being in Europe from an Evolutionary Perspective," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 11(2), pages 343-367, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ariqol:v:11:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s11482-014-9326-2
    DOI: 10.1007/s11482-014-9326-2

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