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Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe$
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Gillian Pascall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424204.001.0001

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Gender regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

Gender regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

(p.31) Two Gender regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Gillian Pascall

Anna Kwak

Policy Press

This chapter explores the place of Poland among the new Central and Eastern European (CEE) member states of the European Union, and how Poland compares, in key dimensions, with countries of Western Europe. In particular, it situates Poland within theoretical debates about welfare regimes and gender, and examines quantitative comparative data about the new CEE member states and the wider European Union. The chapter investigates the gender models on the male breadwinner/dual-earner spectrum into component parts – paid work, care work, income, and time and voice – asking to what extent they can be seen as systems of gender equality or as systems of traditional gender roles in each of these parts. Additionally, the provisions for care of young children – nurseries, kindergartens, and arrangements for maternity and childcare leave – are reviewed in more detail. Working-time arrangements in CEE countries are distinctive.

Keywords:   Central Europe, Eastern Europe, gender equality, European Union, Poland, paid work, care work, income, time, voice

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