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Working Parents and the Welfare State : Family Change and Policy Reform in Scandinavia - Arnlaug Leira

Working Parents and the Welfare State

Family Change and Policy Reform in Scandinavia

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Published: 15th April 2002
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The mass entry of women into the labour market, the decline of the male breadwinner norm and the rise of the dual-earner family have all profoundly transformed the societies of the Western industrialised world. This book argues that childcare has become increasingly 'defamilised' or collectivised as mothers have joined the labour market, causing significant impact on welfare policies. As a result, the complex relationship between family change and policy reform calls for a rethinking of the relationship between the welfare state, labour markets and working parents. Rather than concentrating on the changing models of motherhood, Leira advocates the need to consider the effects of the gendered division of work and welfare on fathers' opportunities to be supported as carers for children. Her analysis incorporates important new empirical data from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

'This is a timely study which details important changes and their significance.' Journal of Social Policy

Introduction: changes in the social order
Politicising childcare
Work, family and the welfare state: problems of reconciliation
Parental leave: childcare refamilised
From mother's wage to parental choice: cash benefits for childcare
Childcare as a social right: family change and policy reform
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ISBN: 9780521571296
ISBN-10: 0521571294
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 15th April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised