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Gender, Equality and Welfare States

Gender, Equality and Welfare States


  • Date Published: September 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565790

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  • What differences do welfare state variations make for women? How do women and men fare in different welfare states? Diane Sainsbury answers these questions by analysing the situation in countries whose welfare state policies differ in significant ways: the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Building on feminist criticisms of mainstream research, Professor Sainsbury reconceptualises the crucial dimensions of variation, notably those relevant to gender. She determines the extent to which legislation reflects and perpetuates the gendered division of labour in the family and society, as well as what types of policy alter gender relations in social provision. She thereby increases our understanding of how policy mechanisms, especially the bases of entitlement, exclude or incorporate women and offers constructive proposals for securing greater equality between women and men.

    • Compelling comparative account across different countries and different systems: US, UK, Sweden, and Netherlands
    • Offers a feminist critique which examines position of both women and men
    • Constructs new framework for analysis, examining changes since 1960s to present day and offering future policies for greater equality
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    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565790
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Dimensions of Variation:
    1. Mainstream welfare state variations
    2. Gendering dimensions of welfare states
    Part II. Bases of Entitlement:
    3. The male breadwinner model and women's entitlements as wives
    4. Women's entitlements as mothers and caregivers
    5. Women's employment and entitlements as workers
    Part III. Stratification and Redistributive Outcomes:
    6. Access to benefits and the stratifying effects of bases of entitlement
    7. Benefit inequalities and the redistributive outcomes
    Part IV. Welfare State Restructuring:
    8. Gender equality reforms and their impact
    9. Welfare state retrenchment.

  • Author

    Diane Sainsbury, Stockholms Universitet

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