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Towards a democratic division of labour in Europe?: The Combination Model as a new integrated approach to professional and family life

Walter Van Dongen


In past few decades, most democratic European countries sought to achieve a more equal division of labour between men and women, both within families and organisations. At the same time, they wanted to offer individuals and families sufficient freedom to determine their own roles. But how far can the basic values of ‘equality’ and ‘freedom’ be realised in the daily division of labour in a complex modern society? How can they be linked with other principles, such as ‘solidarity’ and ‘efficiency’? This book starts from the challenge of balancing these values in all sections of modern society, in ... More

Keywords: democratic European countries, equal division of labour, men, women, families, organisations, individuals, freedom, roles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781847422941
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Van Dongen, author