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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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An integrated conceptual approach to daily life

An integrated conceptual approach to daily life

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Towards a democratic division of labour in Europe?

Walter Van Dongen

Policy Press

This chapter deals with the integrated conceptual approach of the Combination Model to the daily life of men and women within a complex modern society, with the division of professional and family labour being a central part. Special attention is paid to the new conceptual approach to the market, the market system and the place of the public sector (public services, fiscal system, social security). As a starting point for presenting the new integrated approach, the first section of this chapter provides a short overview of the evolution of the traditional (economic) approach. This chapter concludes that all the integrating models of the division of labour have been developed more or less separately from one another, determined by the societal background or context, the specific societal problems that are recognised, the scientific disciplines involved, the societal domains dealt with, the conceptual and normative approach to the division of labour, the time perspective, and the geographical horizon.

Keywords:   family, labour, social security, public sector, society, profession

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