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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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Policy goals and obstacles for fathers’ parental leave in Finland

Policy goals and obstacles for fathers’ parental leave in Finland

(p.303) Fourteen Policy goals and obstacles for fathers’ parental leave in Finland
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Minna Salmi

Johanna Lammi-Taskula

Policy Press

This chapter analyses why Finnish fathers do not take more parental leave even if promoting gender equality has been a longstanding goal of family policy. It shows that the obstacles are to be found not only in factors at the individual level but also in the structuring of leave schemes and in the special Finnish policy making process where the schemes are developed as compromises in tripartite negotiations between the central employer and employee organisations and the government. Based on a theory of how both continuity and change are produced in the interaction of structural conditions and the choices actors make in their everyday practices, the chapter argues that the policy process shapes the leave schemes and, thus guiding the choices, eventually also the take-up of leave and the slow improvement of gender equality.

Keywords:   parental leave, father’s quota, gender equality, family policy, leave policy, policy making process, labour market organisation, everyday life, change, choice

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