Chapter 2: Welfare state regimes, family policies, and family behaviour
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This chapter provides an overview of the development and the core research on welfare state regimes, family policies, and family behaviour. The first part sketches the theoretical development in this research realm. It briefly outlines research lines prior to Esping-Andersen’s influential book on welfare regimes; describes the paradigmatic change in comparative welfare state research that his proposition brought about; and outlines the contributions of feminist researchers to research on family and family policies, welfare regimes, and the classification of welfare states. The second part presents methodological issues related to the study of the relationship between welfare state regimes, family policies, and family behaviour. The last part provides an overview of recent issues and directions in welfare state research –varieties of capitalism, social investment welfare states, and crises – that pose challenges to and open up new opportunities for research on the links between welfare states, family policies, and families.