New Labour’s communitarianism, supporting families and the ‘rationality mistake’: Part II

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New Labour’s communitarianism, supporting families and the ‘rationality mistake’: Part II

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dc.contributor.author Barlow, Anne en_GB
dc.contributor.author Duncan, Simon en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter (University of Wales Aberystwyth at time of writing); University of Bradford en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-03T14:35:13Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:52:59Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:56:16Z
dc.date.issued 2000-05 en_GB
dc.description.abstract In Part I of this paper we argued that New Labour is keen to use legislation to promote what it sees as desirable family forms and to discourage other, less favoured family practices. The codification of this approach in the 1998 Green Paper Supporting Families – and in particular the ‘New Deal for Lone Parents’- was compared with recent empirical research on how people make decisions about their moral economies. We concluded that the government’s approach is subject to a ‘rationality mistake’ – people do not make decisions in the way the government assumes and hence legislation can be inefficient or even oppressive. Part II of the paper goes on to examine this contention further, this time focusing on chapter 4 of the Green Paper, indicatively entitled Strengthening Marriage. Using recent empirical research on mothers’ views on marriage and cohabitation, we find further evidence of the ‘rationality mistake’ where the government has misunderstood the ways in which people make decisions about partnering, and hence misplaces the role of family law. It concludes that supportive and flexible legislative frameworks are needed which recognise the varying ways in which people take moral economic decisions. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Volume 22, Number 2, 1 May 2000 , pp. 129-143 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/22233 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Routledge en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/09649069.html en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/rjsf en_GB
dc.subject Cohabitants en_GB
dc.subject Common Law marriage en_GB
dc.subject Family law en_GB
dc.subject rationality en_GB
dc.subject New Labour en_GB
dc.subject Supporting Families en_GB
dc.title New Labour’s communitarianism, supporting families and the ‘rationality mistake’: Part II en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-04-03T14:35:13Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:52:59Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:56:16Z
dc.identifier.issn 0964-9069 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 1469-9621 en_GB
dc.description Part I published in Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Volume 22, Number 1, 1 February 2000 , pp. 23-42 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law en_GB


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