Lewis, Jane

Professor Jane Lewis  


Position held

Department of Social Policy

Chair in Social Policy

Experience keywords:

social policy; family; gender; history of social policies; history of NGOs; family policy; Europe: social policy

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Professor Lewis' main research interests lie in gender and social policies and family policies in a comparative perspective. She is also involved in the history of social policies and the role of the non-profit sector.


French [Spoken: Basic]

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West, Anne and Roberts, Jonathan and Lewis, Jane and Noden, Philip (2015) Paying for higher education in England: funding policy and families British Journal of Educational Studies. 1-35. ISSN 0007-1005


Lewis, Jane and West, Anne and Roberts, Jonathan and Noden, Philip (2014) Parents’ involvement and university students’ independence Families, Relationships and Societies: An international Journal of research and debate. ISSN 2046-7435

Lewis, Jane and West, Anne (2014) Re-shaping social care services for older people in England: policy development and the problem of achieving ‘good care’ Journal of Social Policy, 43 (01). 1-18. ISSN 0047-2794


Lewis, Jane (2013) The failure to expand childcare provision and to develop a comprehensive childcare policy in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s Twentieth Century British History, 24 (2). 249-274. ISSN 0955-2359

Lewis, Jane (2013) Continuity and change in English childcare policy 1960-2000 Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, 20 (3). 358-386. ISSN 1072-4745


Lewis, Jane (2012) Gender equality and work-family balance in a cross-national perspective In: Scott, Jacqueline and Dex, Shirley and Plagnol, Anke C., (eds.) Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction. Edward Elgard Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, 206-224. ISBN 9781849806268

Lewis, Jane (2012) Les programmes d’accompagnement des parents en Angleterre In: Hamel , Marie-Pierre and Lemoine, Sylvain and Martin, Claude, (eds.) Aider Les Parents a Être Parents : Le Soutien a la Parentalité, Une Perspective Internationale . Rapports & documents (50). Centre d’analyse stratégique, Paris, France, 99-108. ISBN 9782110091772

Lewis, Jane and Saraceno, Chiara and Leira, Arnlaug, eds (2012) Families and family policies Elgar mini series, 1. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781848447820


Lewis, Jane and Roberts, J. and Finnegan, C. (2011) Making the transition from sure start local programmes to children's centres, 2003-2008 Journal of Social Policy, 40 (3). 595-612. ISSN 0047-2794

Lewis, Jane (2011) Parenting programmes in England: policy development and implementation issues, 2005–2010 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 33 (2). 107-121. ISSN 0964-9069

Lewis, Jane and Finnegan, Cathy and West, Anne (2011) Issues in the development of children’s centres on nursery and primary school sites Educational Studies, 37 (4). 435-445. ISSN 0305-5698

Lewis, Jane (2011) The search for coordination: the case of the central policy review staff and social policy planning, 1971-77 Social Policy and Administration, 45 (7). 770-787. ISSN 0144-5596

Lewis, Jane (2011) From Sure Start to children's centres: an analysis of policy change in English early years programmes Journal of Social Policy, 40 (1). 71-88. ISSN 0047-2794

Lewis, Jane and Cuthbert, Roberta and Sarre, Sophie (2011) What are children's centres?: the development of CC services, 2004-2008 Social Policy and Administration, 45 (1). 35-53. ISSN 0144-5596


Lewis, Jane (2010) Gender and the development of welfare regimes In: Gray, Mel and Webb, Stephen A., (eds.) International Social Work. Sage Publications, Los Angeles, U.S.A.. ISBN 9781847875631

Castles, Francis G. and Leibfried, Stephan and Lewis, Jane and Obinger, Herbert and Pierson, Christopher, eds (2010) The Oxford handbook of the welfare state Oxford handbooks in politics & international relations. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199579396


Lewis, Jane (2009) Balancing 'time to work' and 'time to care': policy issues and the implications for mothers, fathers and children Child and Family Law Quarterly, 21 (4). 443-461. ISSN 1358-8184

Piachaud, David and Macnicol, John and Lewis, Jane (2009) A think piece on intergenerational equity Equality and Human Rights Commission, Age Concern and Help the Aged, London, UK. ISBN 9781842061985

Lewis, Jane and West, Anne (2009) 'Friending': London-based undergraduates' experience of Facebook New Media and Society, 11 (7). 1209-1229. ISSN 1461-7315

Lewis, Jane and Plomien, Ania (2009) Flexicurity as a policy strategy: the implications for gender equality Economy and Society, 38 (3). 433-459. ISSN 0308-5147

West, Anne and Lewis, Jane and Currie, Peter (2009) Students' Facebook 'friends': public and private spheres Journal of Youth Studies, 12 (6). 615-627. ISSN 1367-6261

Lewis, Jane (2009) Work–family balance, gender and policy Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781848442115

Lewis, Jane (2008) Gender and welfare state change In: Leibfried, Stephan and Mau, Steffen, (eds.) Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781847200808

Lewis, Jane (2008) Feminist perspectives In: Alcock, Pete and Erskine, Angus and May, Margaret, (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN 9781405169011

Lewis, Jane (2008) Childcare policies and the politics of choice Political Quarterly, 79 (4). 499-507. ISSN 0032-3179

Lewis, Jane (2008) Family change and the welfare state In: Carlos, Monica, (ed.) The Challenge of Social Policy Reform in the 21st Century: Towards Integrated Systems of Social Protection. Sideris Publishing / Kokkalis Foundation, Athens, Greece. ISBN 9789600804386

Lewis, Jane (2008) Work-family balance policies: issues and development in the UK 1997-2005 in comparative perspective In: Scott, Jacqueline L and Dex, Shirley and Joshi, Heather, (eds.) Women and Employment : Changing Lives and New Challenges. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781847202499

Plomien, Ania and Lewis, Jane (2008) Flexibility and security vs. flexicurity: implications for gender equality. Social quality and the changing relationship between work, care and welfare in Europe. In: Social Quality and the Changing Relationship between Work, Care and Welfare in Europe WORKCARE workshop, 2-4 June 2008, Budapest, Hungary

Lewis, Jane (2008) Der Wandel der Rollenleitbilder in Europa - Ist das "Adult-Worker-Modell" auf dem Vormarsch?. In: Dokumentation der Tagung Eigenverantwortung, private und öffentliche Solidarität - Rollenleitbilder im Familien- und Sozialrecht im europaischen vergleich, 4-6 Oct 2007, Villa Vigoni, Como, Italy

Lewis, Jane and Noden, Philip and Sarre, Sophie (2008) Parents' working hours: adolescent children's views and experiences Children and Society: the International Journal of Childhood and Children's Services, 22. 429-439. ISSN 0951-0605

Lewis, Jane and Knijn, Trudie and Martin, Claude and Ostner, Ilona (2008) Patterns of development in work/family reconciliation policies for parents in France, German, the Netherlands, and the UK in the 2000's Social Politics, 15 (3). 261-286. ISSN 1072-4745

Lewis, Jane and Campbell, Mary (2008) What's in a name?: 'work and family' or 'work and life' balance policies in the UK since 1997 and the implications for the pursuit of gender equality Social Policy and Administration, 42 (5). 524. ISSN 0144-5596

Lewis, Jane and Campbell, Mary and Huerta, Carmen (2008) Patterns of paid and unpaid work in Western Europe: gender, commodification, preferences and the implications for policy Journal of European Social Policy, 18 (1). 21-37. ISSN 0958-9287


Lewis, Jane (2007) Strukterwandel der Familie Transit: Europaische Revue, 2007 (32). 157-173. ISSN 0938-2062

Lewis, Jane (2007) Work, care, gender equality and the problem of 'instrumental' social policies Sociologisk Forskning, 2007 (2). 65-73. ISSN 0038-0342

Lewis, Jane (2007) Arbeit, Familie und Gleichstellung: politikentwicklungen auf Europaischer Ebene Kurswechsel: Zeitschrift Für Gesellschafts-, Wirtschafts- und Umweltpolitische Alternativen, 2007 (1). 48-61. ISSN 1016-8419

Lewis, Jane (2007) Families, individuals and the state In: Hills, John and Le Grand, Julian and Piachaud, David, (eds.) Making Social Policy Work. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 59-84. ISBN 9781861349583

Lewis, Jane (2007) Gender, ageing and the 'new social settlement': the importance of developing a holistic approach to care policies Current Sociology, 55 (2). 271-286. ISSN 1461-7064

Ishkanian, Armine and Lewis, Jane (2007) Gender, civil society and participation: introduction to the special issue of Social Politics Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, 14 (4). 407-414. ISSN 1072-4745

Lewis, Jane (2007) The implications of family change for the pursuit of gender equality In: Palme, Joakim, (ed.) On Solidarity: Cultural and Political Conditions for the Reform of Social Models in Europe and the Us. Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour and IWM, Vienna, Austria.

Lewis, Jane and Plomien, Ania (2007) Work/family reconciliation, equal opportunities, and social policies: the interpretation of policy trajectories at the EU level and the meaning of gender equality Work package 3 working paper for WORKCARE project, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK.

Lewis, Jane and Campbell, Mary (2007) UK work/family balance policies and gender equality, 1997–2005 Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, 14 (1). 4-30. ISSN 1072-4745

Lewis, Jane and Campbell, Mary (2007) Work/family balance policies in the UK since 1997: a new departure? Journal of Social Policy, 36 (3). 365-381. ISSN 1469-7823

Ben-Galim, Dalia and Campbell, Mary and Lewis, Jane (2007) Equality and diversity: a new approach to gender equality policy in the UK International Journal of Law in Context, 3 (1). 19-33. ISSN 1744-5523

Lewis, Jane (2007) Teenagers and their parents: parental time and parenting style — what are the issues? Political Quarterly, 78 (2). 292-300. ISSN 0032-3179

Lewis, Jane and Sarre, Sophie and Burton, Jennifer (2007) Dependence and independence: Perceptions and management of risk in respect of children aged 12-16 in families with working parents Community, Work and Family, 10 (1). 75-93. ISSN 1366-8803


Lewis, Jane (2006) Children, changing families and welfare states Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978 1 84542 523 4

Lewis, Jane (2006) Relacje panstwo – sector ochotniczy w Wielkiej Brytanii Trzeci Sektor, 8. 11-25. ISSN 1733-2265

Lewis, Jane (2006) Men, women, work, care and policies. Review article Journal of European Social Policy, 16 (4). 387-392. ISSN 0958-9287

Lewis, Jane and Sarre, Sophie (2006) Risk and intimate relationships In: Taylor-Gooby, Peter and Zinn, Jens O., (eds.) Risk in Social Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 140-159. ISBN 0199285969

Lewis, Jane (2006) Repartnering and the management of risk International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 20 (2). 151-168. ISSN 1360-9939

Lewis, Jane (2006) Perceptions of risk in intimate relationships: the implications for social provision Journal of Social Policy, 35 (1). 39-57. ISSN 0047-2794

Lewis, Jane and Haskey, John (2006) Living-apart-together in Britain: context and meaning International Journal of Law in Context, 2 (1). 37-48. ISSN 1744-5523

Lewis, Jane (2006) Employment and care: the policy problem, gender equality and the issue of choice Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 8 (2). 103-114. ISSN 1387-6988

Lewis, Jane (2006) Care and gender: have the arguments for recognising care work now been won? In: Glendinning, Caroline and Kemp, Peter A., (eds.) Cash and Care: Policy Challenges in the Welfare State. Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 11-20. ISBN 9781861348579

Lewis, Jane (2006) Work/family reconciliation, equal opportunities and social policies: The interpretation of policy trajectories at the EU level and the meaning of gender equality Journal of European Public Policy, 13 (3). 420-437. ISSN 1350-1763

Lewis, Jane (2006) Gender and welfare in modern Europe In: Harris, Ruth and Roper, Lyndal, (eds.) The Art of Survival: Gender and History in Europe, 1450-2000 : Essays in Honour of Olwen Hufton (Past and Present Supplements). Past and present supplements. New series, 1. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 39-54. ISBN 9780199208029

Lewis, Jane and Tanner, Emily and Welsh, Elaine (2006) The quality-defining process in early years services: a case study Children and Society, 20 (1). 4-16. ISSN 0951-0605

Lewis, Jane (2006) What instruments to foster what kind of gender equality?: the problem of gendered inequalities in the division of paid and unpaid work Revue Francaise des Affaires Sociales, 1. 161-185. ISSN 0035-2985


Lewis, Jane (2005) The changing context for the obligation to care and to earn In: Maclean, Mavis, (ed.) Family Law and Family Values. Onati international series in law & society. Hart, Oxford, 59-80. ISBN 184113547X

Evers, Adalbert and Lewis, Jane and Riedel, Birgit (2005) Developing child-care provision in England and Germany: Problems of governance Journal of European Social Policy, 15 (3). 195-209. ISSN 0958-9287

Lewis, Jane and Welsh, Elaine (2005) Fathering practices in twenty-six intact families and the implications for child contact International Journal of Law in Context, 1 (1). 81-99. ISSN 1744-5523

Lewis, Jane and Giullari, Susanna (2005) The adult worker model family, gender equality and care: The search for new policy principles and the possibilities and problems of a capabilities approach Economy and Society, 34 (1). 76-104. ISSN 0308-5147

Lewis, Jane (2005) Professional status and professional regulation in the 1970s: the case of the Briggs committee on nursing and the Merrison committee on the regulation of the medical profession In: Pelling, Margaret and Mandelbrote, Scott, (eds.) The Practice of Reform in Health, Medicine and Science 1500-2000: Essays for Charles Webster. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, 315-332. ISBN 9780754639336

Lewis, Jane (2005) Carework: are care accounts the answer? In: Paxton, Will and White, Stuart and Maxwell, Dominic, (eds.) The Citizen's Stake. Bristol Policy Press, Bristol, UK, 151-164. ISBN 9781861346995

Lewis, Jane (2005) New Labour's approach to the voluntary sector: Independence and the meaning of partnership Social Policy and Society, 4 (2). 121-131. ISSN 1474-7464

Lewis, Jane (2005) The gender settlement and social provision : the work-welfare relationship at the level of the household In: Salais, Robert and Villeneuve, Robert, (eds.) Europe and the Politics of Capabilities. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 239-255. ISBN 9780521836043


Lewis, Jane and Surender, R, eds (2004) Welfare state change: towards a Third Way? Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0199266727 0199266735 (pbk.)

Lewis, Jane and Bennett, Fran (2004) Themed issue on gender and individualisation Social Policy and Society, 3 (1). 43-45. ISSN 1474-7464

Lewis, Jane (2004) The state and the third sector in modern welfare states: independence, instrumentality, partnership In: Evers, Adalbert and Laville, Jean L, (eds.) The Third Sector in Europe. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 169-187. ISBN 9781843764007

Lewis, Jane (2004) Individualization and the need for new forms of family solidarity In: Knijn, Trudie and Komter, Aafke, (eds.) Solidarity Between the Sexes and the Generations. Globalization and Welfare Series. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 51-67. ISBN 1843763583

Lewis, Jane (2004) Documents in qualitative research In: Becker, Saul and Bryman, Alan, (eds.) Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice: Themes, Methods and Approaches. Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice series. Policy Press, Bristol, Chapter 3-Chapter 5. ISBN 9781861344038

Lewis, Jane (2004) Adoption: the nature of policy shifts in England and Wales, 1972-2002 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 18 (2). 235-255. ISSN 1360-9939

Lewis, Jane (2004) Gender, work, family and welfare states: the Nordic countries in comparative perspective In: Marjanen, Jani and Stenius, Henrik and Vauhkonen, Jussi, (eds.) Research on the Study of the Nordic Welfare State: Papers From the August 2003 Conference in Helsinki. Renvall Institute Publications, Helsinki. ISBN 9521019050

Hampshire, James and Lewis, Jane (2004) "The ravages of permissiveness": sex education and the permissive society Twentieth Century British History, 15 (3). 290-312. ISSN 0955-2359


Lewis, Jane (2003) Erwerbstatigkeit versus betreuungsarbeit In: Gerhard, U. and Knijn, T. and Weckwert, A., (eds.) Erwebstatige Mutter Ein Europaischer Vergleich. Beck, Munich, Germany.

Lewis, Jane (2003) Economic citizenship: a comment Social Politics, 10 (2). 176-185. ISSN 1072-4745

Lewis, Jane (2003) How useful are the social sciences? Political Quarterly, 74 (2). 193-201. ISSN 0032-3179

Lewis, Jane (2003) Should we worry about family change? The 2001 Joanne Goodman lectures Joanne Goodman lectures 2001. University of Toronto Press, Toronto. ISBN 9780802087461

Lewis, Jane (2003) Responsibilities and rights: changing the balance In: Ellison, Nick and Pierson, Chris, (eds.) Developments in British Social Policy 2. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 1403900213

Lewis, Jane (2003) Feminist perspectives In: Alcock, Pete and Erskine, Angus and May, Margaret, (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 107-112. ISBN 9781405102919

Lewis, Jane (2003) Le "community care" au royaume-uni: le tournant des annees 1990 In: Martin, Claude, (ed.) La Dependance des Personnes Agees: Quelles Politiques En Europe?. Presses Universitaires de Rennes. ISBN 2868475353

Lewis, Jane (2003) Women's rights and gender issues In: Jones Finer, Catherine, (ed.) Social Policy Reform in China. Views From Home and Abroad. Social policy in modern Asia. Ashgate Publishers, Aldershot, 215-224. ISBN 9780754631750

Lewis, Jane and Knijn, Trudie (2003) Sex education materials in The Netherlands and in England and Wales: a comparison of content, use and teaching practice Oxford Review of Education, 29 (1). 113-150. ISSN 0305-4985

Lewis, Jane (2003) Politica Familiar e Mercado de Trabalho: o caso da Gra-Bretanha em uma perspectiva europeia In: Maruani, M. and Hirata, H., (eds.) As Novas Fronteiras Da Desigualdade. Homens e Mulheres No Mercado De Trabalho. Senac, Sao Paulo, Brazil. ISBN 9788573592993


Lewis, Jane and Hobson, B and Siim, B, eds (2002) Contested concepts in gender and social politics Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 1840644575

Lewis, Jane (2002) Gender and welfare state change European Societies, 4 (4). 331-357. ISSN 1461-6696

Lewis, Jane (2002) Legitimizing care work and the issue of gender equality In: Daly, Mary, (ed.) Care Work: the Quest for Security. ILO, London, 57-78. ISBN 9789221114024

Lewis, Jane (2002) The problem of fathers: policy and behaviour in Britain In: Hobson, Barbara, (ed.) Making Men Into Fathers. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 125-149. ISBN 9780521006125

Lewis, Jane (2002) Family change and family politics in the UK Journal for the Study of British Cultures, 9 (2). 209-222. ISSN 0944-9094

Lewis, Jane and Knijn, Trudie (2002) The politics of sex education policy in England and Wales and The Netherlands since the 1980s Journal of Social Policy, 31 (4). 669-694. ISSN 0047-2794

Lewis, Jane (2002) Individualisation, assumptions about the existence of an adult worker model and the shift towards contractualism In: Carling, Alan H and Duncan, Simon and Edwards, Rosalind, (eds.) Analysing Families: Morality and Rationality in Policy and Practice. Routledge, London, UK, 51-56. ISBN 9780415250399


Lewis, Jane (2001) Marriage In: Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina, (ed.) Women in Twentieth Century Britain. Longman, Harlow, UK, 69-85. ISBN 9780582404809

Lewis, Jane (2001) Women, men and the family In: Seldon, Anthony, (ed.) The Blair Effect. Little, Brown and Company, London, 489-506. ISBN 9780316856362

Pascall, Gillian and Lewis, Jane (2001) Care work beyond Beveridge Benefits: a Journal of Poverty and Social Justice (32). 1-6. ISSN 0962-7898

Lewis, Jane (2001) Is marriage the answer to the problems of family change? Political Quarterly, 72 (4). 437-445. ISSN 0032-3179

Lewis, Jane (2001) Orientations to work and the issue of care In: Millar, Jane and Rowlingson, Karen, (eds.) Lone Parents, Employment and Social Policy: Cross-National Comparisons. Policy Press, Bristol, 1513-168. ISBN 9781861343208

Lewis, Jane (2001) Family change and lone parents as a social problem In: May, Margaret and Page, Robert and Brunsdon, Edward, (eds.) Understanding Social Problems: Issues in Social Policy. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 37-54. ISBN 9780631220305

Lewis, Jane (2001) The decline of the male breadwinner model: implications for work and care Social Politics, 8 (2). 152-169. ISSN 1072-4745

Lewis, Jane (2001) Older people and the health-social care boundary in the UK: half a century of hidden policy conflict Social Policy and Administration, 35 (4). 343-359. ISSN 0144-5596

Lewis, Jane (2001) Debates and issues regarding marriage and cohabitation in the British and American literature International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 15 (1). 159-184. ISSN 1360-9939

Lewis, Jane and Knijn, Trudie (2001) A comparison of English and Dutch sex education in the classroom Education and Health, 19 (4). 59-64. ISSN 0265-1602

Lewis, Jane (2001) The end of marriage? Individualism and intimate relations Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781840642872

Lewis, Jane (2001) The boundary between health and social care for older people In: Bytheway, Bill and Bacigalupo, Vivien and Bornat, Joanna and Johnson, Julia and Spurr, Susan, (eds.) Understanding Care, Welfare and Community: a Reader. Routledge and The Open University, London; New York, 313-320. ISBN 9780415258593


Land, Hilary and Lewis, Jane (1997) The emergence of lone motherhood as a problem in late twentieth century Britain Welfare State Programme Discussion Papers, WSP 134. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Lewis, Jane (1995) The problem of lone mother families in twentieth century Britain Welfare State Programme Discussion Papers, WSP 114. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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