The War Between the State and the Family
A new hardback edition of this popular title
A masterly exposition of the benefits of the market system and the deficiencies of the welfare state
Government policy has encouraged the breakdown of families with devastating social and economic consequences
The author begins by showing the economic benefit of self-sustaining families. She then shows how government policy has increasingly taken over the role of the family in supporting children. It is clear from the evidence presented here that government policy has caused the breakdown of families: policy has not simply responded to autonomous changes in social behaviour. Patricia Morgan then examines changes to divorce laws and to tax and benefit systems that should help reverse the trend and once again make the family the building block of a welfare society.
2007, Hobart Papers 159, ISBN 978 0 255 36596 3, 155pp, PB