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The results from the world survey of family policy guidelines demonstrate powerfully and unequivocally that family policy is, above all, a political construct. Like all political constructs it draws its meaning from ideological imperatives and from the overall polity within which it is conceived, protected, delivered and nurtured. The political dimension can be seen from two perspectives, an ideological and a structural perspective.
Speech presented to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, 21st August, 1984 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/