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Books and Reports

This section provides an overview of selected book publications of Population Europe researchers, cooperation partners and from other sources. If available, links guide the user to the publication websites.

This policy brief highlights recent research findings from the project "FamiliesAndSocieties" on the role of laws and policies in shaping gendered interdependencies in families; the way the "sandwich generation" (those who are likely to raise a child or a grandchild and care for parents at the same time) cares for older parents across countries; transfers in Europe from ageing parents to adult children and vice versa; and, the extent to which the financial crisis has affected intergenerational patterns of family support across households. [...]
It is well-known that family configurations have become more and more diverse over the last decades. Single-parent families, cohabiting families of the opposite or same sex, and intergenerational households are only examples of the current diversity. In Europe, family structures still vary substantially among countries. For instance, in 2011 the number of live births outside marriage ranged from 7.4% in Greece to 65% in Iceland. However, trends over time have substantially increased everywhere. [...]
This policy brief highlights recent research findings of the project “FamiliesAndSocieties” on the current trends in social policies related to families in Europe. It focuses on crucial policy issues related to youth, gender equality and childcare arrangements. The brief also presents suggestions for policy interventions linked to the findings.   Download the Policy Brief here     [...]
Rising inequality will be the single most prominent societal challenge for the EU in the coming decades, says a newly published report titled “Europe’s Societal Challenges. An analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU”. The authors argue that because the EU is entering an era of long-term slow economic growth, it cannot rely on productivity growth as the engine for wellbeing. The EU must invest in its human resources, giving citizens the tools to seize all the opportunities that come their way, by boosting health, inclusion, education, skills and connectivity. [...]
"Evaluating the impact of information campaigns in the field of migration" presents the results from a systematic literature review of evaluations of information campaigns related to migration. [...]
In this book, Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron and Meera Balarajan explore the critical role of human migration since humans first departed Africa some fifty thousand years ago. How the circulation of ideas and technologies has benefited communities and how the movement of people across oceans and continents has fueled economies. They show that migrants in today's world connect markets, fill labor gaps, and enrich social diversity. Migration also allows individuals to escape destitution, human rights abuses, and repressive regimes. [...]
This book, edited by Chiara Saraceno, Jane Lewis, and Arnlaug Leira, is a collection of 51 papers dealing with family policies of the past 69 years. The first volume of the book addresses the origins and social foundations as well as the main actors and drives of family policies. It touches upon themes such as gender, intergenerational obligations and care. The second volume focuses on the goals addressed by family policies as well as on geographical differences. [...]
This volume provides readers with recent sociological approaches to family understanding, theorising and practices within the context of continuities and change, both across generations and during individual life courses. The contributors uniquely investigate the friction between persisting family needs and changing circumstances, between holding on to traditional family norms and adapting to fast-changing demands. [...]
Family policies do not fall within the remit of the European Union. Nevertheless, the EU may enact legislation on balancing work and family life, equality at work between women and men, and child protection and development, recommends the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). In their report “Family Policy and Demographic Change” the EESC also suggests a better coordination of family orientated initiatives and funding arrangements on the EU level. [...]
This book, edited by Mechtild Oechsle, Ursula Müller and Sabine Hess, investigates the relationship between cultural representations and social practices of fatherhood. The contributions from different countries and scientific disciplines analyse the existing varieties of fatherhood. They look at social backgrounds, organisational influences, as well as the impact of political and legal interventions. [...]

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