- Title Pages
- List of tables and figures
- Notes on contributors
- One Introduction
- Two Australia: the difficult birth of paid maternity leave
- Three Canada and Québec: two policies, one country
- Four Czech Republic: normative or choice-oriented system?
- Five Estonia: halfway from the Soviet Union to the Nordic countries
- Six Finland: negotiating tripartite compromises
- Seven France: gender equality a pipe dream?
- Eight Germany: taking a Nordic turn?
- Nine Hungary and Slovenia: long leave or short?
- Ten Iceland: from reluctance to fast-track engineering
- Eleven The Netherlands: bridging labour and care
- Twelve Norway: the making of the father's quota
- Thirteen Portugal and Spain: two pathways in Southern Europe
- Fourteen Sweden: individualisation or free choice in parental leave?
- Fifteen The European directive: making supra-national parental leave policy
- Sixteen Conclusion
- Appendix: Demographic, gender and early childhood policy indicators for case study countries (2005, 2006)
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