A Life-Course Approach to Social Policy Analysis: A Proposed Framework. Discussion Paper
Author: Policy Research Initiative
Topic: Poverty issues
Publisher: Policy Research Initiative
Location: Canada
Format: Working paper
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: August 1, 2004
No explicit theory or framework consistently describes the goals of social policy or how social policies actually work. By a framework, we mean a consistent way of describing individuals in their relationship to society and its institutions, including how policies affect those relationships, and individual and social outcomes. The life-course approach provides a proper foundation to build upon. It focuses on the trajectories of individuals through life and on how key life events and transitions affect these trajectories.
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