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In many developed countries, population decline poses economic and social strains and may even threaten national security. Through historical-political case studies of Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, and Singapore, The Other Population Crisis explores the motivations, politics, programming, and consequences of national efforts to promote births. Steven Philip Kramer finds a significant government role in stopping declines in birth rates. Sweden’s and France’s pro-natalist programs, which have succeeded, share the characteristics of being universal, not means-tested, and based on gender equality and making it easy for women to balance work and family. The programs in Italy, Japan, and Singapore, which have failed so far, have not devoted sufficient resources consistently enough to make a difference and do not support gender equality and women’s work-family balance, Kramer finds.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction: The Threat of Declining Birth Rates
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  1. 1. Swedish Population Policy: The Pronatalism of the Left
  2. pp. 21-41
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  1. 2. Demography in France: From National Security to Family-Work Reconciliation
  2. pp. 42-69
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  1. 3. Italy: The Absence of Policy
  2. pp. 70-89
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  1. 4. Japan: The Politics of Position Taking
  2. pp. 90-110
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  1. 5. Singapore: The Failure of Activism
  2. pp. 111-130
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  1. Conclusion: Can Government Policy Reverse Declining Birth Rates?
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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ISBN
9781421428499
Related ISBN(s)
9781421411705, 9781421429175
MARC Record
OCLC
1049797909
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-29
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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