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The Politics of Parenting Support

Development, Forms and Agents

The project is financed by Forte, 2014-2016

Parenting support – informing, supporting and helping parents in their role as parents – is a growing phenomenon in European welfare states. Despite increasing interventions, there are remarkably few studies on the policy field as such, and consequently few analyses of how parenting support affects the political regulation of the family and discourses on parenthood.

How, then, has parenting support as a policy field emerged the last two decades? In which ways have parenting support been articulated and formed over the time? Who are the driving forces and actors in this process? And how has the development of parenting support affected family ideals and ideologies on parenthood in family policy contexts? The aim of the project is to enhance and deepen our understanding of how the forms and content of parenting support have emerged, as well as to define and analyse the driving forces operating within the field between 1996 and 2013. The overall ambition is, first, to provide a comprehensive analysis of the politics of parenting support, and, second, to analyse changes in the political regulation of the family.


The project is a part of an international cooperation in which parenting support programmes and policies are analysed in four other EU member states: The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK.

The project’s webpage is available at:

Researchers on the project

Åsa Lundqvist, Principal Investigator