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Transformations of the Political and Legal Regulation of the Family: Romania in the Communist and Post-Communist Period

Ana Gherghel

In communist regimes, the family has been a nec plus ultra target for State political intervention. State control of private life was seen as one way of enforcing a new and, hopefully, homogeneous, social organization. The present article offers a synthesis of what has been achieved in the way of population-related policies and, more generally, of the political and legal control of the family in a communist system, with Romania as the entity under analysis. We will then look at the way in which public intervention in family affairs was reconfigured during the transition period of democratization begun in 1990.