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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$
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Walter Van Dongen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422941

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422941.001.0001

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The division of professional and family labour

The division of professional and family labour

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(p.1) One The division of professional and family labour
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Towards a democratic division of labour in Europe?
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Walter Van Dongen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422941.003.0001

This chapter discusses the transition of European societies to a new basic model. The chapter then presents an historical account of the different models that existed in Western societies from the 18th to the 21st century. This chapter also discusses the features and characteristics of the ‘Combination Model’ as a broad scientific instrument for developing an integrated policy for the division of professional and family work in democratic societies. The Combination Model aims at an adequate empirical picture of the gradual division of labour between men and women, with sufficient attention paid to the relevant characteristics. To show the development and meaning of the Combination Model in European countries and a few other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, a brief comparison with other models is presented. While emphasising the similarities between the models, this chapter also highlights the differences, according to societal background, scientific discipline and conceptual/normative approach. This chapter also discusses the development of the Combination Model in Flanders, Belgium and the meaning of the Combination Model for other European countries.

Keywords:   society, Europe, Belgium, labour, societal models, democracy

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