ERIC Number: EJ718302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 31
Social Welfare Spending on Family Benefits in the United States and Sweden: A Comparative Study
Ozawa, Martha N.
Family Relations, v53 n3 p301-309 Apr 2004
Although the economic and social conditions of families have changed considerably, the framework of U.S. social policy with regard to families has not changed. Under the framework, policymakers assume that the poverty of families or individuals is largely their own fault. This long-standing belief has impeded the expansion of public spending on behalf of families. I compare public policy on family benefits in the United States and Sweden. The analysis indicates that the United States spends only a fraction of what Sweden spends on family benefits. I also describe the allocation of funds to specific family benefits programs in the two countries and discuss the policy directions that the United States may take in the future.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Public Policy, Social Services, Welfare Services, Poverty, Family Programs, Resource Allocation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; United States