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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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A new normative approach to the division of labour in society

A new normative approach to the division of labour in society

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(p.75) Three A new normative approach to the division of labour in society
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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/9781847422941.003.0003

This chapter starts from the basic normative question of how the division of labour between men and women should evolve in the (near) future, given actual evolution in past decades. The need for a new normative vision or model for the future division of labour, as a guide for scientific researchers and policy makers, is emphasized. This chapter discusses democracy as the overall normative concept for society, from the micro to the macro level. It also presents discussions on the basic values of democracy and the democratic division of labour between men and women, within families and organizations. The chapter also looks at societal models of the division of time of individuals, families and organizations, developed in the form of quantitative distributions of different types of individuals, families and organisations within society.

Keywords:   society, labour, division of labour, democracy, family, social policy

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