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Governments and Marriage Education Policy
Perspectives from the UK, Australia and the US
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
11 Jul 2008
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As intimate relationships become more and more disposable, governments around the world are increasingly concerned about the changing rates of these personal matters. Can governments influence the progress of blossoming relationships? Is it possible for them to encourage couples to work on their intimate relations before problems arise? Why is marriage the last area of family life to enter the realm of national family policy?

This book examines the role that governments in the UK, Australia and the US play in managing policy challenges in response to social changes in marriage. Elizabeth van Acker analyses marriage education policies that attempt to foster lasting and satisfying marriages, whilst examining a range of challenges that governments face in implementing these policies, including factors such as religion, romance, gender relations, same-sex marriages and privacy protection.


Description

As intimate relationships become more and more disposable, governments around the world are increasingly concerned about the changing rates of these personal matters. Can governments influence the progress of blossoming relationships? Is it possible for them to encourage couples to work on their intimate relations before problems arise? Why is marriage the last area of family life to enter the realm of national family policy?

This book examines the role that governments in the UK, Australia and the US play in managing policy challenges in response to social changes in marriage. Elizabeth van Acker analyses marriage education policies that attempt to foster lasting and satisfying marriages, whilst examining a range of challenges that governments face in implementing these policies, including factors such as religion, romance, gender relations, same-sex marriages and privacy protection.


Reviews

'...a stimulating and wide-ranging discussion of the issues surrounding government support for marriage education.' -Family and Youth Concern Bulletin


Contents

Introduction: Government and marriage: Strange Bedfellows?
PART ONE: CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF MARRIAGE
The Problem of Marriage
Tensions within Marriage: Public Institution or Private Choice?
PART TWO: MARRIAGE EDUCATION IN THREE LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES
The UK: Governments Supporting Children
Australia: Government's Shifts in Supporting Marriage and Relationship Education
The USA: Governments Promoting 'Healthy' Marriage
PART THREE: CHALLENGES FOR GOVERNMENTS
Individualism and the Private Sphere
Managing the Public Policy Process
Conclusions: Reinventing Marriage?


Authors

ELIZABETH VAN ACKER  is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia. She has taught in a range of areas including Australian politics and politics and the media. In addition to marriage and relationship education, her research interests include feminist politics, and industry policies. She is the co-editor of Globalising Government Business Relations.