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Politicising Parenthood in Scandinavia: Gender Relations in the Welfare Stateby Anne Lise Ellingster
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The Nordic countries have been able to raise living standards and curb inequalities without compromising economic growth. But with social inequalities on the rise how do they fare when compared to countries with alternative welfare models, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany?Taking a comparative perspective, this book casts new light on the changing inequalities in Europe. It will be invaluable for students and policy makers interested in European social policy and living conditions.
Book News Annotation:
Social scientists critically assess the Scandinavian experience of balancing work and childcare since the 1990s, drawing on studies from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Among the questions they address are what typifies the Nordic welfare state approach to the balance during the economic fluctuations and ideological shifts of the period, the influence of the policy rationale of free choice on childcare reform and parental responses, and whether gender equality is ending as a central aim of work/family policy. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Throughout Western Europe, the work-family balance is high up on the political agenda as traditional policies fail to meet the needs of post-industrial families. The Scandinavian countries pioneered the translation of parenthood into political issues and this updated, critical assessment of these issues provides a timely contribution to the ongoing European debates. The book provides a unique documentation and synthesis of Nordic work-family reforms since the 1990's. It explores policy discourses and scrutinizes policy outcomes.
Taking a comparative perspective, this book casts new light on the changing inequalities in Europe.
About the Author
Jon Kvist, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Johan Fritzell, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Bjorn Hvinden, NOVA Norwegian Social Research, Norway and Olli Kangas, KELA Research Department, The Social Insurance Institution
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