Revista Papers N.49 –

Institut d’Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona1

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Resumen :

It is likely that amongst social policy experts, the existence of time policies is still an unknown territory. The reason for this relative ignorance is, undoubtedly, the fact that those are very recent policies. Moreover, the fact that these policies include disperse initiatives or that they are considered less important also has to be taken into account as a possible reason for this lack of knowledge. Although time policies have been developed in Europe for some time now, it is not common to find them reviewed or discussed in the writings or discourses of the specialists that analyse, design or evaluate the policies on the welfare state; with just a few exceptions to this rule (Fitzpatrick, 2004).

The main goal of this report is to assess some of the initiatives that can be identified as European time policies and that have developed during the past

20 years.