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The role of the family in tackling poverty and inequality: a comparative European perspective

  • Date(s)
    10 February 2009
  • Time
    12.30 - 14.00
  • Location
    London

Looking at family policy and its contribution to tackling poverty and inequality in the UK, Spain, and Sweden, Policy Network in partnership with the Fabian Society and the Webb Memorial Trust, has held a seminar entitled “The role of the family in tackling poverty and inequality: a comparative European perspective”. The seminar took place in London on 10 February.

Through a comparative analysis of centre-left narratives on families and family policy in the UK, Spain, and the Sweden, the seminar asked whether lessons from Spain and the Sweden can enrich the debate around family policy and its contribution to combating poverty and inequality in 21st Century Britain. What are the key characteristics of centre-left narratives on families and family policy in Spain, Sweden, and the UK? How are they changing in light of new economic and social pressures and to what extent is there policy convergence? How do these political narratives shape the policy options open to national governments, and to what extent are family policies transferable between countries?

Key speakers at the seminar will included Ulla Björnberg, professor of sociology and chair in family, gender and society at the University of Gothenburg; Luis Moreno, research professor at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); and Kate Green, chief executive, Child Poverty Action Group. The seminar was chaired by Roger Liddle, chair of Policy Network.

Building on Policy Network’s flagship research programme on globalisation and social justice and the Fabian Society’s recent work on life chances and child poverty, the seminar forms part of an overarching project entitled ‘‘Fighting poverty and inequality in an age of affluence’’, supported by the Webb Memorial Trust. The project commemorates the centenary of Beatrice Webb’s 1909 Minority Report to the Law Reform Commission.

If you would like further information about this seminar please contact mmcternan@policy-network.net.

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