Synopses & Reviews
Work, Family Policies and Transitions to Adulthood in Europe systematically applies insights from social policy and gender studies to the new generation that are entering the labour market and trying to create their own autonomous household, with or without children. What does it mean to be a young adult in Europe during the economic crisis; how do they find their way on the increasingly flexible labour market, what are the social, economic and institutional barriers to leave their parental home and do social policies help them to combine work and family life? This book provides an analysis of ambivalent academic paradigms and EU policies, their implementation in national welfare states and offers comparative analyses of the demographic life course transitions of young adults, their entrance in (non) permanent jobs, their income (in)security, and the wide variety of childcare and working time policies and practices across Europe, revealing striking evidence for the geographical disparity of chances and options for young European adults.
About the Author
TRUDIE KNIJN is Professor of Interdisciplinary Science at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She chairs the research group 'Social Policy and Interventions' (SOPINS) and co-chairs ESPAnet, the European Social Policy Analysis network.
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PART I: SOCIAL RISKS AND POLICY PARADIGMS IN THE EU AND MEMBER STATES
New Social Risks for Young Adults: A Conceptual Framework; T.KnijnThree Policy Paradigms and EU Policies on Young Adults; T.KnijnEuropean Union and Member States' Youth Policies Agenda; T.Knijn & M.SmithPART II: HOW TO GET IN? CROSS-NATIONAL ANALYSES OF POLICIES FOR AND PRACTICES OF YOUNG ADULTS IN EU MEMBER STATES
Normative and Institutional Frameworks for Family Formation; S.Drobnic and T.KnijnFamily Change in Europe from the Transition to Adulthood Perspective; I.KotowskaYoung Adults Navigating European Labour Markets: Old and New Social Risks and Employment Policies; C.Fagan, A.Kanjuo-Mrcela and H.NormanYoung Adults, Poverty and the Role of Social Policies; A.Guillén Rodríguez and E.PavoliniPublic Support to Young Families in the European Union; J.Plantenga, C.Remery and J.TakacsConclusion: Transitions to Adulthood: Social Policies and New Social Risks for Young Adults; T.Knijn and J.PlantengaBibliography