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The objective of the key action for �Improving the Socio-Economic Knowledge base� in the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) is to improve understandings of the structural changes taking place in European society, to identify ways of managing change and to involve European citizens more actively in shaping their own futures. A number of the projects funded under this key action, and in the Fourth Framework Programme (FP4) were concerned with the theme of �family and welfare�, understood to describe the interactive relationship between family life and public policies. In June 2001, a dialogue workshop was held for this �cluster� of projects, under the auspices of the Directorate-General of Research and Development (proceedings are summarised in Hantrais, 2001). The purpose of the dialogue workshop was to bring together projects with a common interest in analysing comparatively the relationship between changing family structures, policy formulation and implementation. At that workshop a debate was initiated on a number of issues relating to the cross-national and comparative use of qualitative and quantitative methods, and participants proposed that the issues merited further debate. The Directorate-General Research decided to fund two events, one on quantitative methods, organised by Richard Berthoud and one on qualitative methods, the papers from which are presented here.

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Authors: CAMERON C (editor), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20737 EN (2003), 78 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20-737-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-5763-5
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