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Family Formation and Family Dilemmas in Contemporary Europe


  • Esping-Andersen Gosta



This book presents the results of a multinational comparative research study promoted by the BBVA Foundation and looking into the social, economic and political conditions that help or hinder family formation in contemporary Europe (France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, the former West Germany and the Scandinavian countries). Directing the project was Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Full Professor of Sociology at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, at the head of a team formed by ten researchers from eight universities, Spanish and foreign.Its authors dissent from the conventional explanations for falling European birth rates, among them the spread of postmodern values revolving around self-realization or the underdeveloped state of social welfare networks, contending that these factors fail to adequately account for the existing evidence. Instead, they point to other, more specific factors documented in the research on which the book is based. These include the reconciliation of family and working life: in particular, male involvement in raising children, a less competitive, more secure employment situation, the impact of other family responsibilities (especially the need to care for elderly parents) and more family-friendly policies (like nine-month maternity or paternity leave). The results obtained stand as a valuable input to analysis and debate around the causes and challenges associated to declining fertility rates in Spain, while identifying public policies that have proved successful elsewhere in creating a more supportive framework for having and raisingchildren. Provider_Name: Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation

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  • Esping-Andersen Gosta (ed.), 2007. "Family Formation and Family Dilemmas in Contemporary Europe," Books, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation, number 201178.
  • Handle: RePEc:fbb:booklb:201178

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    1. Daniele Vignoli & Sven Drefahl & Gustavo De Santis, 2012. "Whose job instability affects the likelihood of becoming a parent in Italy? A tale of two partners," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 26(2), pages 41-62, January.
    2. Stefani Scherer, 2009. "The Social Consequences of Insecure Jobs," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 93(3), pages 527-547, September.
    3. Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna, 2007. "Social mobility and fertility," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 17(15), pages 441-464, December.
    4. Teresa Martín-García, 2009. "The effect of education on women's propensity to be childless in Spain: Does the field of education matter?," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 114, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
    5. Elisabetta Santarelli, 2011. "Economic resources and the first child in Italy: A focus on income and job stability," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 25(9), pages 311-336, July.
    6. Irene Lapuerta & Pau Baizán & María González, 2011. "Individual and Institutional Constraints: An Analysis of Parental Leave Use and Duration in Spain," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 30(2), pages 185-210, April.

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