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Working Parents and the Welfare State
Family Change and Policy Reform in Scandinavia


  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521144971

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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.

    • Innovative study considering the effect of welfare policy on fathers' opportunities to be child-carers
    • Draws on comparative material from the Nordic states
    • An interesting topic in a burgeoning area of research
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    Review of the hardback: 'This is a timely study which details important changes and their significance.' Journal of Social Policy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521144971
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: changes in the social order
    2. Politicising childcare
    3. Work, family and the welfare state: problems of reconciliation
    4. Parental leave: childcare refamilised
    5. From mother's wage to parental choice: cash benefits for childcare
    6. Childcare as a social right: family change and policy reform.

  • Author

    Arnlaug Leira, Institute for Social Research, Oslo

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