Conceptualizing National Family Policies: A Capabilities Approach [chapter]

Jana Javornik, Mara A. Yerkes
2020 The Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy  
AbstractComparative family policy research has advanced significantly in recent years. The growing availability of more and better data have improved our understanding of cross-national similarities and differences in family policies, as well as how they shape the lives of different families. Despite these advancements, comparative family policy research continues to face difficulties. The multifaceted nature of family policies makes cross-country comparisons complex. Conceptualizing our
more » ... ical understanding of which policy aspects matter and why as well as operationalizing them into measurable indicators, often remains problematic for comparative analyses. Using examples of British and Swedish policies on childcare, a policy area particularly prone to conceptual challenges, we discuss the difficulties involved in conceptualizing family policies in comparative research. We argue that taking a capabilities approach provides a useful way forward in the field and show how such a conceptual framework allows us to more meaningfully analyze both work-family policies and their outcomes.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-54618-2_7 fatcat:pxwqqebgefcslfa5iklar6mukq